Missouri Farm Bureau Supports Proposition C
JEFFERSON CITY, MO - - The Missouri Farm Bureau Board of Directors affirmed Missouri Farm Bureau policy supports passage of Proposition C, the health care issue, as it will appear on the August ballot for consideration by Missouri voters.
Missouri Farm Bureau sent information statewide to all of the state’s county Farm Bureaus outlining the exact wording of Proposition C, plus analysis of both American and Missouri Farm Bureau policy related to the issue used to determine support for passage. The complete information sent to county Farm Bureaus in Missouri follows:
Proposition C – Health Care
In August Missouri voters will be asked to vote on Proposition C, which will appear on the ballot as shown below:
Shall the Missouri Statutes be amended 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?
--Modify laws regarding the liquidation of certain domestic insurance companies?
It is estimated this proposal will have no immediate costs or savings to state or local governmental entities. However, because of the uncertain interaction of the proposal with implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, future costs to state governmental entities are unknown.
Fair Ballot Language:
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.
Based on both American Farm Bureau policy and Missouri Farm Bureau policy, Missouri Farm Bureau opposes the federal Patient Protection Act and Affordable Care Act as enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in March 2010. If approved by voters, Proposition C would amend state law to make provisions of this new federal law illegal in Missouri. Specifically, it would prohibit the following:
--Any law or rule requiring anyone to participate in any health care system;
--Any law or rule prohibiting the purchase or sale of private health insurance; and
--Any law or rule that assesses penalties or fines for paying directly or accepting direct payment for health care.
The part of Proposition C pertaining to the dissolution of domestic insurance companies was contained in another bill that has already been signed into law. The Missouri Farm Bureau Board of Directors has affirmed that Missouri Farm Bureau supports Proposition C.