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On May 21, 2010 Missourians for Health Care Choice (pdf) a campaign [issue] committee was established with the Missouri Ethics Commission. On June 21, 2010 the committee filed an amended statement changing their name to Missourians for Health Care Freedom (pdf). When you think about it the apparent aversion to the first choice is somewhat amusing. And yes, they have a website.

They exist to support the August 3rd ballot question (from HB 1764) that asserts our right to keep government out of our Medicare.

The committee treasurer (in both organization statements) is Patrick Tuohey.

On June 28, 2010 the committee received three $5,000.00 contributions:

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION

CONTRIBUTION OF MORE THAN $5,000.00 RECEIVED BY ANY COMMITTEE FROM ANY SINGLE DONOR – TO BE FILED WITHIN 48 HOURS OF RECEIVING THE CONTRIBUTION

C101350 MISSOURIANS FOR HEALTH CARE FREEDOM (pdf) 6/28/2010

Ray Vincent

Chesterfield, MO

US Auto Protection

6/28/2010

$5,000.00

Missourians for Goodman

Mount Vernon, MO 6/28/2010

$5,000.00

Citizens for Brad Lager

Savannah, MO 6/25/2010

$5,000.00

[emphasis added]

What, no million dollar contributions?

Missouri State Senate

Bills Co-Sponsored by Senator Lager

SB 851 – Requires at least four days notice before voting by governing bodies of local governments on tax increases, eminent domain, and certain districts and projects

SCR 56 – Urges the Department of Natural Resources to consider the use of certain coal technology in its permitting of new coal-fired power plants

SJR 25 – Prohibits laws interfering with freedom of choice in health care

[emphasis added]

There’s that unfortunate choice of word again.

Missouri State Senate

Bills Co-Sponsored by Senator Goodman

SB 721 – Modifies provisions relating to required travel club assets

SB 740 – Exempts prosecuting and circuit attorneys who have completed the firearms safety training course required to obtain a conceal carry endorsement from certain otherwise unlawful uses of a weapon

SB 821 – Requires drug testing for work-eligible Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) applicants and recipients based upon reasonable suspicion

SB 851 – Requires at least four days notice before voting by governing bodies of local governments on tax increases, eminent domain, and certain districts and projects

SCR 56 – Urges the Department of Natural Resources to consider the use of certain coal technology in its permitting of new coal-fired power plants

SJR 25 – Prohibits laws interfering with freedom of choice in health care

[emphasis added]

There’s that word again. Irony impairment alert. Yes, it’s all about that choice you used to have to pay for insurance and have an insurance company deny you coverage. That’ll make perfect sense to a certain percentage of the population.