JEFFERSON CITY — Lt. Governor Peter Kinder today issued the following statement on Attorney General Chris Koster’s decision to not appeal Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green’s ruling that changed ballot summary language regarding state health insurance exchanges:
“This is a tremendous win for Missouri voters. Judge Green’s decision to overturn Secretary Carnahan’s biased language was the correct one. Secretary Carnahan’s ballot summary would have unduly influenced voters to oppose this crucial ballot issue affecting healthcare rights. I am pleased that her attempt to mislead voters failed and that Missourians now will have a fair and balanced summary when they consider this important ballot issue in November.”
On July 10, Kinder and legislative leaders filed their legal challenge to Carnahan’s ballot summary. On Tuesday, Judge Green issued his ruling, which replaced Carnahan’s wording with a ballot summary suggested by Kinder and the other plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
The new ballot now says: “Shall Missouri Law be amended to prohibit the Governor, or any state agency, from establishing or operating state-based health insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or by the legislature?”
Jay Kanzler was the attorney representing Kinder and all the plaintiffs. The other plaintiffs in the case were Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, Senate Majority Floor Leader Tom Dempsey, Former House Speaker Steven Tilley, and Speaker Elect Tim Jones.