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Missouri holds nation's first referendum on federal health law

Supporters of Proposition C displayed this banner Wednesday at a rally in St. Charles. (photo: Maria Altman)

By Maria Altman, St. Louis Public Radio


St. Louis – On Tuesday Missouri voters will go to the polls, and one of the things they'll consider is health care.

Proposition C asks whether there should be a state law giving Missouri citizens the right to refuse a mandate to buy health insurance. Under a provision of the federal that goes into effect in 2014, anyone without health insurance will face penalties.

Missouri's is the first voter referendum in the nation since the health care law passed last spring.

But as Maria Altman reports, the real impact of Proposition C may be felt beyond Missouri.

Read the text of the measure here.


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