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8:03 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Judge hears lawsuit over Mo. health care measure

A Missouri judge is preparing to weigh arguments on the wording of a health care proposal on the state's November ballot.

Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and several top GOP lawmakers claim in a lawsuit that the ballot language written by Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is misleading.

Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green was scheduled to hear arguments in the case Tuesday in Jefferson City.
The proposal would bar Missouri officials from creating a health insurance exchange without approval from voters or the Legislature. It also would prohibit state agencies from taking federal money to prepare for the online insurance marketplace.

Missouri's Republican-led Legislature approved the measure earlier this year in response to the federal health care overhaul and referred it to a statewide vote.