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Thu August 30, 2012
Appeal looks unlikely in health care ballot wording case
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?"