published Friday, August 6th, 2010

Missouri voters reject ObamaCare

Lawmakers in well over a dozen states have expressed opposition to ObamaCare socialized medicine, either by filing suit to stop it or by enacting legislation to resist the ruinous costs it will impose if it is not repealed.

Public opinion surveys also show overwhelming opposition to Obama-Care — more than four months after Democrats in Congress narrowly approved it.

But for the first time since Obama-Care passed, one state’s voters finally got a chance to have a direct say at the ballot box — and they made it clear they do not like ObamaCare.

The vote was in the form of a statewide referendum in Missouri — a middle-of-the-road state that only barely picked Republican Sen. John McCain over Democrat Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election.

The referendum, called Proposition C, seeks to bar the federal government from forcing residents of the state to buy government-approved medical insurance. Under ObamaCare, those who do not obtain that insurance will be fined.

In a show of just how unpopular ObamaCare is even in politically moderate states, more than 70 percent of Missourians voted for Proposition C — and against destructive federal dictation of health care policy.

Their overwhelming vote in opposition to ObamaCare should send a signal to the federal government that it has overstepped its bounds by trying to have Washington take control of health care. Residents of Missouri and every other state should register that displeasure when they vote in congressional elections this November as well.

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sharonjo6 said...

Health care (transformation) is one of the best issues this current administration has done thus far. With this change individuals will have the opportunity to seek professional and quality health care services. Who would want to return to the days of the horse and buggy, b/w tv sets, manual typewriters, pac man, you get the point? That's about how old the health care system was in the USA. Each day the news is filled with social tragedies in which lives are taken at the hands of known acquaintences and/or family members. Our society is stricken with the institutions of white collar crime permeating throughout this great nation and greed which tends to strike at the very fabric of our country. If you are looking for affordable health insurance check out . I hope everyone will soon recognize and use the resources made by this transformation to seek professional medical attention as the need arises rather than turning to illegal and criminal activities to resolve their issues.

August 6, 2010 at 4:11 a.m.
acerigger said...

American Affordable Healthcare Act,not"OBAMACARE".Try being more like professional newspaper editorialists and less like political hacks,oh wait,is there a difference? I for one will be glad for the chance to obtain "affordable"healthcare when this is fully implemented. Why do you ignore that the non-partisan CBO projects this act will lower the deficit along with the other benefits of this legislation? Where do you get the (absurd)idea that Missouri is a moderate state?

August 6, 2010 at 5:38 a.m.
hambone said...

Are you saying that the insurance and drug cartel spent billions fighting the "Patient Protection and Afordable Care Act" because they were looking out for the patient.

August 6, 2010 at 5:51 a.m.
anniebelle said...

And this "editor" (I use that term loosely) has to throw in all the GOP's childish rhetoric -- "ObamaCare" --"socialized medicine"-- "Democrat" Senator instead of Democratic. I mean, at least learn the English language before you publish your vitriol. The CONS/REGRESSIVE Party has turned into nothing but a bunch of uneducated schoolyard bullies.

August 6, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
MountainJoe said...

Those uneducated schoolyard bullies are going to toss you out on your ... ear ... come November, anniebelle.

Look what happened locally. John Allen Brooks, ousted by a political newcomer. $60K of labor union money couldn't buy Kenny Smith a seat on the county commission ... victim of another newcomer with no political experience and no advantages except the R next to his name.

It's a lousy year to be a Democrat, and it's gonna get worse. Thank goodness I'm not one :)

August 6, 2010 at 7:54 a.m.
hambone said...

"MountainJoe" You are 100% right as long as you keep letting Rush, Glen, Hannity,and the talking heads of Foxy News do your thinking for you. Follow the money!!

August 6, 2010 at 8:06 a.m.
MountainJoe said...

None of the above do my thinking for me as I do not watch Fox News. I do my thinking for myself, thanks.

I am by no means universally thrilled with yesterday's results. Good news is Wamp and Smith lost. Bad news is Haslam and Fleischmann won. My picks (Ron Ramsey and Van Irion) could only manage third and fourth, respectively. Oh well. Democrats are on the way out and that is good news.

August 6, 2010 at 8:22 a.m.
MountainJoe said...

P.S. the really sad thing about Haslam and Fleischmann winning is that it proves that not only CAN you buy elections if you have enough money, but that is actually the surest way to win.

August 6, 2010 at 8:25 a.m.
Sailorman said...

Here's a challenge for you Obama lemmings - it's a takeoff on "Where's Waldo?". Find the patient in this bureaucratic morass:

This administration blew an opportunity of epic proportions. In place of responsible reform of a broken system, the American public got this travesty.

We deserved better. Or maybe not, we elected these clowns.

August 6, 2010 at 8:35 a.m.
hambone said...

"Sailorboy" If you believe this flow chart. I've got some beach front property on Sand Mountain I'd like to sell you.

August 6, 2010 at 2:51 p.m.
SCOTTYM said...

"sharonjo6 | On: August 6, 2010 at 4:11 a.m."

MMMMMmmmmm koolaide.

Sweet sweet koolaide.

August 6, 2010 at 4:44 p.m.
Sailorman said...


Sailorboy? LOL You come up with that on your own?

If you find something in error in that chart, by all means point it out. Otherwise, enjoy your evenIng on the mountain.

August 6, 2010 at 8:24 p.m.

The kook-aid flows all over this page, laughable how Far-left annie girl and acerigged are lecturing the editorial writer on "professionalism" and spelling. Have you geniuses actually lived the reality of the above exact same "Health" care system? Thought not.

Newsflash: many, many of us had, it's rotten to the core and ends up exactly as the Naysayers predicted. Gotta love those Naysayers...

sharon and kind write from an ideological, non-sensical, fantasy land where if your human 'god' says it is so, then it must be so.

Those kind accuse us of "not thinking for ourselves" when they lost that ability somewhere around the age of six, and the words Research, Truth and Objectivity mean zilch, zero, nada and Nothing.

August 8, 2010 at 3:04 p.m.
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