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Ed Martin's Pledge to Thwart Obamacare From His "First Minute in Office": Will It Resonate?

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Tea Party darling and GOP candidate for attorney general Ed Martin just released this new TV spot, which begins: "Almost 30 states filed lawsuits to stop Obamacare. Not Missouri. Our attorney general sat it out." That's technically true, but slightly misleading.

What democratic AG Chris Koster did do was file a brief last year on Missouri's behalf in one of the three feeder cases that became the single landmark Supreme Court case upholding the Affordable Care Act.

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Attorney General Chris Koster
Koster -- a Democrat -- wrote at the time that he felt compelled to file the brief because Missourians had rejected the legitimacy of the individual insurance mandate in a 2010 ballot referendum (which brought federal and state law into conflict).

In his brief, Koster adopted conservatives' main argument against the ACA: That the individual mandate was an unconstitutional broadening of Congress' power to regulate interstate commerce. However, Koster did suggest -- in a lukewarm fashion -- one way the Supreme Court might salvage the law: Refer to the money that an insurance-resister must pay as a "tax" instead of a "penalty."

Which, as you know, is precisely the position that Chief Justice John Roberts took in his tie-breaking decision to uphold the ACA.

None of this will matter if Koster crushes it in the upcoming AG election, but we're left to wonder: Is Ed Martin echoing the view of most Missourians? What do they think about the ACA, now that the Supreme Court has signed off on it?

Daily RFT couldn't find any recent polls on the subject that break out a Missouri component, but a Washington Post - ABC news poll suggested the Americans may be accepting the law because they're now evenly divided over it, in contrast to the widespread disapproval that reigned before the high court's hand-down.

Of the folks who still don't like the ACA, only about two thirds want to repeal all or parts of it, as Ed Martin so vehemently wants to do.

If Missouri truly is a bellwether state, then Missourians may be ready to move on from this debate -- leaving Ed Martin's appeal to fall on unreceptive ears.

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Fuck-suburbs
Fuck-suburbs

Most 'missuruhans' are a bunch of uneducated hillbilly cousin fucking rubes who should be stripped of the right to vote for their abject stupidity alone.

Fuck-suburbs
Fuck-suburbs

Throw the crooked little cunt's ass in prison? That would be a good start.

Mary Syron
Mary Syron

You EAT with that mouth???   What is YOUR suggestion to fix this mess, Meat Head??

Mary Syron
Mary Syron

In the first part of your article you state that Koster felt compelled to file the brief because Missourians had rejected the legitimacy of the individual insurance mandate in a 2012 mandate. Then you ask...is Ed Martin echoing the view of most Missourians??   HELL YES he is! You just said so in your article. Duhh. My guess is that the majoirty of the citizens of this country and Missouri are disgusted with the Supreme Court and the ACA decision.  NO ONE wants to have their taxes raised.. Get a grip... all you want to do is bash Martin.. why, isn't he int he right "party" ????

Fuck-suburbs
Fuck-suburbs

Ed Martin is a conniving little crooked cunt. Jut the type of rooster fucker the hillbilly residents of missurah love to elect every time. 

David Roland
David Roland

You're right - it will be very interesting to see how the public's opinion about the Affordable Care Act manifests itself in this race.  Ed Martin has focused his campaign heavily on the idea that Koster is "Obama's Lawyer," and the fact that the Supreme Court's reasoning echoed the brief that Koster filed will only seem to reinforce that link.  In 2010 Missouri voters passed the anti-Obamacare Prop C by a wide enough margin to prove that at least 45,000 DEMOCRATS voted for it (details available at http://www.showmedaily.org/2010/08/some-observations-on-prop-c.html).  If the Supreme Court's ruling has really changed voters' perceptions of the law, Koster has less to worry about.  But if enough Missourians think the Supreme Court got it wrong, Koster could be in big trouble come November.

KittyLitterKing
KittyLitterKing

Constitutional or no, the law will be a boondoogle from a financial and management perspective.  One can only hope that elected officials recognize the problem sooner, rather than later when less private insurance is available and costs continue to increase.  We're past "it's illegal" now, and maybe "repeal it" with no alternative will pass soon enough as well.  Granted, Ed Martin will be behind the curve, regardless.

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