Missourians Expected to Reject Obamacare

Missouri is expected to outlaw the individual mandate by referendum Tuesday, becoming the first state to reject a key provision of the healthcare reform law by popular vote.

Advocates say the referendum will be a bellwether test of popular opposition to Democrats’ signature domestic achievement. But opponents say the Proposition C vote doesn’t have force of law because a state statutory measure doesn’t trump the federal legislation.

The referendum is part of a nationwide effort spearheaded by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an association of conservative state lawmakers. Christie Herrera, director of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force, said the referendum offers Missouri a back-up plan in case current state lawsuits against healthcare reform fail.

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