Kinder urges Missouri to Ignore Health Care Exchange Deadline
November 15, 2012

Missouri Lt Governor Peter Kinder urged Missouri lawmakers to send another message how opposed the state I’d to the new health care reform law.
Kinder’s salvo is prompted by a White House November 16 deadline to have state health exchanges in place by the end of the week.
“These exchanges will cost states between $10 million and $100 million per year, and will set up state officials to take the blame when Obamacare increases insurance premiums and denies care to the sick. There is no compelling reason for Missouri to implement this unpopular, expensive and intrusive federal power grab,” Kinder said in a statement.
Earlier this month, Missouri voted approved a measure banning the Governor from setting up a Missouri health exchange unless the legislature or voter permit it.
That is very unlikely with the super-majorities of Republican lawmakers in both chambers of the legislature.
Missourian have been stridently opposed to President Obama’s health care reforms almost from the start.


Judge to Hear Health Exchange Arguments Today
August 17, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge is considering a lawsuit challenging the ballot language of a health care measure that goes before voters in November.

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and several top GOP lawmakers filed suit last month, claiming the summary written by Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is unfair and misleading.

Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green was scheduled to hear arguments in the case Friday in Jefferson City.

Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature voted earlier this year to put the question to a statewide vote.

The measure would bar state officials from creating a health insurance exchange without approval from voters or the Legislature. It also would prohibit state agencies form taking federal money to prepare for the online insurance marketplace.