Mo. lieutenant governor promotes federal health care 'opt out' vote, lawsuit

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- In August, Missouri will be the first of several states to ask its voters if they want to 'opt out' of federal health care reforms, and not be required to buy private medical insurance. Supporters of major insurers and drug companies wrote the ballot language.

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, is asking Missourians to join him in a federal lawsuit against health care reform. He says he will file the suit next month on behalf of individuals he says will have their constitutional rights violated by reform.

Kinder is on a tour of the state to promote the ballot issue that the Legislature placed on the statewide ballot in August. In a news conference here on Wednesday morning, Kinder admitted the current system isn't perfect but called it the best in the world.

“We don't need a one-size-fits-all gigantic, bureaucratic government takeover of our health care system,” Kinder said. “We're trying to knock that out with this lawsuit and say, ‘We want to repeal this and replace it with better reforms.’”

Kinder says individual donations will pay for the lawsuit, not tax dollars.

The Missouri Democratic Party calls Kinder's effort and the ballot issue 'absurd and meaningless.'

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