Appeal looks unlikely in health care ballot wording case

Aug 30, 2012

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster apparently has decided not to appeal a judge's decision rewriting the summary that voters will see for a ballot measure on health insurance exchanges.

The office of Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said Thursday that Koster had refused its request to challenge a ruling that her original ballot summary was unfair and insufficient. Earlier this week, a Cole County judge ordered Carnahan to use a revised summary supported by Republicans.

Carnahan's office described the new wording as "incomplete, uninformative and a disservice to Missouri voters."

The ballot measure will ask: "Shall Missouri law be amended to prohibit the Governor or any state agency, from establishing or operating state based health insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or by the Legislature?"