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On Tuesday, Missouri voters overwhelmingly rejected one key provision of Obama’s healthcare law. About 71% of the voters backed ballot measure Proposition C, that would prohibit the government from requiring people to have health insurance or from penalizing them for not having it. The new Missouri law now conflicts with a federal requirement that most people have health insurance or face penalties starting in 2014.
What makes this so symbolic, is that federal law usually trumps state laws. But the results show the discontent of Missouri voters over federal policies. “To us, it symbolized everything,” said Annette Read, a tea party participant from suburban St. Louis who quit her online retail job to lead a yearlong campaign for the Missouri ballot measure. “The entire frustration in the country … how our government has misspent, how they haven’t listened to the people, this measure in general encompassed all of that.”
The new federal healthcare law is about to be challenged as voters in Missouri decide a new measure on the ballot. It will challenge President Barack Obama’s top policy accomplishment by attempting to reject its mandate that most Americans have health insurance.
The legal effect of the measure is questionable, as federal law supercedes those of states. It is possible that the passage could send an ominous political message to Democrats seeking to hang on to their congressional majority in this year’s elections.
The new Missouri law prohibits governments from requiring people from having health insurance. It would clash with a new federal requirement that includes penalties for those who don’t comply starting in 2014.