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Hospitals spend more than $400,000 to oppose Prop C

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The Missouri Hospital Association, representing more than 150 hospitals across Missouri, has spent more than $400,000 to oppose Proposition C appearing on the statewide primary ballot Tuesday.

They money, according to financial expenditure reports, was for mailings sent to homes across the state.

Vote No on Prop C

The hospital association opposes the legislatively-referred state statute to block the federal government from requiring residents to buy health insurance. If Prop C is approved by voters, Missouri hospitals would be significantly disadvantaged, according to the MHA.

Eliminating the federal health insurance mandate in Missouri will reduce the number of residents expected to obtain health coverage, according to the brochure. This would negatively impact hospitals because they would receive lower federal payments designed to fund higher levels of coverage.

Besides this last-minute mailing effort by the MHA, there has not been much organized opposition to Prop C.  The state’s Democratic leadership, including Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, have kept mostly quiet concerning the measure, leaving it up to groups like Missouri Budget Project and Missouri Jobs with Justice to rally and educate grassroots support to vote no on Prop C.

Vote yes on Prop C

The only registered campaign backing Prop C, Missourians for Health Care Freedom, started running a radio ad campaign supporting the ballot initiative last week. Patrick Tuhoey, campaign manager for the group, told Missouri Watchdog the group had raised almost $75,000 and hopes to hit $100,000 by election day.

Both grassroots supporters and opponents spent the weekend handing out brochures and campaigning. And both supporters and opponents of Prop C plan to use the remaining hours before the polls open to make last-minute calls.

Each side has plans to attend polling locations across the state to hold signs and handout literature to the 24 percent of registered voters expected to vote.

Social media is also being used to get the word out with virtual support and opposition on Facebook.

By Brian R. Hook, brhook@missouriwatchdog.org, (314) 482-7944

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