Judge Revises Wording for Health Care Measure
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A judge has revised the wording that Missouri voters will see when they decide this fall on a health care ballot measure.
Cole County Judge Dan Green ruled Tuesday that the original ballot summary prepared by Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan was insufficient and unfair.
The summary had said the measure would "deny" access to affordable health care through insurance exchanges unless the online marketplaces were authorized by state law or operated by the federal government.
Green revised the wording to say the measure would bar the governor from creating a state-based health insurance exchange unless authorized by law. That's the result sought in a lawsuit brought by Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and several Republican legislative leaders.
The insurance exchanges are part of President Barack Obama's health care law.