There's some buzz in Jefferson City over Sen. Jane Cunningham's constitutional amendment that would shield Missouri from participating in any federal initiative that forces people to buy health insurance.
The health insurance is a big part of the federal health care bill, along with potentially barring the denial of insurance due to "pre-existing conditions" and providing subsidies for people to purchase private insurance.
Cunningham, R-Chesterfield, told the St. Louis Beacon that she had 16 co-sponsors to her resolution, which states "no law shall compel a patient, employer, or health care provider to participate in any government or privately run health care system, nor prohibit a patient or employer from paying directly for legal health care services." The amendment would need to be approved by voters in order to be implemented.
But the thing about the Missouri Senate is that a majority vote - even a solid majority vote - doesn't equate to passage. If a group of senators filibuster the measure, it can spell doom.
Read more on the Columbia Business Times blog.