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July 28, 2010

On Aug. 3, all eyes in the nation will turn toward Missouri, as voters in the Show-Me State become the first anywhere to cast a ballot concerning the federal health care plan foisted upon them.  A "yes" vote on Proposition C -- the Health Care Freedom Act -- will tell the nation that Missourians have looked at this expensive, ill-conceived and unhealthy measure and reject it, says Carl Bearden, executive director of United for Missouri, a Springfield-based organization. 

Indeed, there is more at stake than health care.  The ballot initiative also represents a referendum on state sovereignty, explains Bearden.  Quite simply, United for Missouri believes that the federal health care package pushed by the president and supported by the Democratic Congress treads on states' rights.  It's a mandate on individuals and states that goes beyond proscribed federal powers. 

The federal health care legislation sets the nation back in three key ways, says Bearden: 

  • It mandates that every American buy health insurance, or face stiff tax penalties.
  • Some employer-paid programs would be mandated, which will lead to job losses, wage cuts, loss of employer plans and accompanying choice of doctors or higher prices; all of which threaten the still struggling economy.
  • The government, rather than patients and their doctors, would determine the level of care to be provided. 

The full scope of the health care legislation remains largely unknown.  There is a reason leaders in Congress said, "We have to pass it to know what's in it."  We already know it will cost more than we were told.  The bill represents a legal outline, and regulators are still working out the devil in the details.  One thing is for sure, health care plans, where the government determines the level and scope of care, negatively impact quality of care and life compared to what we have today, says Bearden. 

The Health Care Freedom Act is straightforward.  It would prohibit any individual or employer from being penalized for not buying government-defined health insurance.  The Missouri attorney general must be prepared to protect Missouri citizens from any overreaching of federal control over health care and has the authority and responsibility to defend any citizen prosecuted for not buying federally mandated insurance, says Bearden. 

Source: Carl Bearden, "Vote 'yes' on Proposition C," Kansas City Star, July 27, 2010.


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