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Show Me state says, 'show me no health exchange'

Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, won re-election by the same Missouri voters who  effectively quashed a state exchange. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, won re-election by the same Missouri voters who effectively quashed a state exchange. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Resisting a state-based health care exchange prescribed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is one thing, but creating a civil action for those that dare try is another.

Such is the case in Missouri. The law is so unusual that it was the subject of a law school health policy class in Connecticut this past week.

The ballot language also mentionioned that the measure gives any taxpayer or member of the General Assembly a right to civil action if they think a state employee or state agency violates the provision of the statute and that any costs of the suits have to borne by the state agency involved with no new appropriations for such purpose, she wrote in an email.

“You can imagine the chilling effect that will have on state employees,” Routh said.

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