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Kinder, GOP lawmakers challenge Mo. ballot summary

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder stopped at the Cape Girardeau airport to talk about the lawsuit he filed challenging a ballot summary on healthcare reform. Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder stopped at the Cape Girardeau airport to talk about the lawsuit he filed challenging a ballot summary on healthcare reform.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and top Republican legislative leaders are challenging the ballot summary of a health care measure appearing before voters in November.

Kinder said Tuesday the Republican officials were filing a lawsuit asserting that Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's summary is blatantly false, deceptive and intended to mislead.

Kinder made a stop at the Cape Girardeau airport to talk about the lawsuit.

The GOP-controlled Legislature sent a measure to voters that would bar Missouri officials from creating a health insurance exchange without approval from voters or the Legislature. It also would prohibit state departments from taking federal money to prepare for an online insurance marketplace.

The secretary of state's office approved summaries for the proposal because lawmakers did not write their own. Carnahan's office says the summary is fair and sufficient and predicted it would stand up in court.

The federal law requires states to create exchanges by 2014 or have one operated for them by the federal government.

Cape Girardeau was one of several of Kinder's stops across the state Tuesday.

Copyright 2012 KFVS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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