Citizens in the Show Me State overwhelmingly passed a ballot measure against the national health care law’s individual mandate.
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“You wouldn’t want to come over right now,” she said, laughing at all the Prop C-related materials in her home.
Patrick Tuohey, who worked for pollster Frank Luntz in the 1990s before moving into the corporate world, became active in Missouri politics when he returned to the Kansas City area in 2005. About two months ago, once Proposition C was on the ballot, Tuohey became manager of Missourians for Health Care Freedom, which was hastily formed to raise money and help lead the statewide campaign. Most of his time, he told TAS, was spent helping grassroots activists and providing them with materials such as yard signs. Though starting last Monday, the group began taking out radio ads.
Supporters of ObamaCare have been dismissive of the vote in Missouri, arguing that it occurred during low-turnout primaries, and on a day in which the Republican races garnered more attention.
“The assumption that those critics would make is that this would not have passed on a November ballot,” he said. “And I don’t think that’s true. I think this would pass in Missouri whenever we put it on the ballot.”
As evidence, he noted that originally the measure was intended to be on the general election ballot in November, but Democrats fought it, fearing that it would help boost turnout among conservatives.
Last August, when citizens lashed out at their representatives in town hall meetings throughout the nation, Democrats wrote them off as angry mobs sent by insurance companies. When Massachusetts, one of the most liberal states in the nation, elected Scott Brown in January on a pledge to be the 41st vote against the health care bill, the Congressional leadership used a series of complicated parliamentary maneuvers to ram the legislation through anyway, convincing themselves that it would become popular over time.
Though Democrats may be tempted to dismiss last night’s result in Missouri, history has proven that they’ve ignored public opposition to national health care legislation at their own peril.
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