Missouri Voters Send Message To Washington
By Echo Menges
Missouri voters have spoken. The message they're sending to Washington is resounding through the state and in Knox County via an overwhelming show of support for Proposition C which was on the August 3rd Primary Ballot.
The Ballot question read: A “yes” vote will amend Missouri law to deny the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services. The amendment will also modify laws regarding the liquidation of certain domestic insurance companies.
A “no” vote will not change the current Missouri law regarding private health insurance, lawful healthcare services, and the liquidation of certain domestic insurance companies. If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.
Of the 969 votes on the Proposition C question cast in Knox County, 702 of them voted "yes" with 267 answering "no". What that breaks down to is 72.45 percent of Knox County voters, who voted on the question, voted "yes". State wide 668,687 voters voted "yes" and 271,465 voters voted "no", which breaks down to 71.1 percent of voters, for the state, voted "yes". Yes to denying the federal government authority to penalize Missourians for going against the Health Care Bill signed into law by the President in March of this year.
Missouri is the only state so far to present such a question to voters.
Missouri State Representative Brian Munzlinger (R), who serves District One said, “Legislatures in Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, and Virginia have approved statutory changes to prevent the Federal Government from penalizing but they haven’t had voters vote on it. Okalahoma and Arizona will have their voters voting on an issue like Proposition C (soon).”
According to Rep. Munzlinger both the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives had hands in getting Proposition C on the Primary Ballot.
“What we ended up with was actually a Senate resolution and that was (by) Senator Jane Cunningham. (In) the House, we had a House resolution filed also and that was by Representative Tim Jones.”
“It was mainly Republican support for Prop C in the Legislature. A lot of talk against it came from the other side of the isle but in the end, actually, the vote ended up fairly bipartisan.” Said Munzlinger. And the numbers echo that same bipartisan support among voters in both state and county results.
The actual protection Missourians may have from being penalized and fined by the federal government is up for debate since Federal Law supercedes State Law. But that didn't keep the Missouri Legislature from posing the question to voters anyway.
“I think in Missouri what we wanted was to let Washington D.C. know that we were fed up with (them) not letting our voices be heard. Right now the wording lets people opt out of the Obama health care plan. We can carry our own insurance or we can pay for our own medical care without being penalized by the Federal Government. Now, that being said, unfortunately I feel it will probably get taken to court, but with all the other states taking action too I’m hoping maybe some changes might happen in Washington D.C. that will change the health care plan. I would imagine that this will get thrown out in the courts, however, I hope it sends a message." Said Munzlinger adding, “We’re the greatest country in the world and that’s because we’ve got a good Constitution that we follow. The country was founded by the people, for the people and I feel the Federal Legislators aren’t even listening to the people, so I feel this is a very important issue.”