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Yesterday, the bill setting up a health insurance exchange for Missouri, HB 609, unanimously passed in the House.

…establishes the Show-Me Health Insurance Exchange Act to comply with the requirements of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 to facilitate the purchase and sale of qualified health plans and qualified dental plans in the individual market and to provide for the establishment of a small business health option program (SHOP exchange) to assist qualified small employers enrolling their employees in qualified health plans and dental plans offered in the small group market.  The intent of the exchange is to reduce the number of uninsured; provide a transparent marketplace; increase competition in the health insurance market; increase portability of health insurance coverage; reduce health care costs; provide consumer education; and assist individuals with access to programs, tax credits, and cost-sharing reductions….

Wow! That sounds good to me.

From the Journal of the House [pdf]:

THIRD READING OF HOUSE BILL – FEDERAL MANDATE

HCS#2 HB 609, relating to the Show-me Health Insurance Exchange, was taken up by

Representative Molendorp.

On motion of Representative Molendorp, HCS#2 HB 609 was read the third time and passed

by the following vote:

AYES: 157

Allen Anders Asbury Atkins Aull Bahr Barnes Bernskoetter Berry Black Brandom Brattin Brown 50 Brown 85 Burlison Carlson Carter Casey Cauthorn Cierpiot Colona Conway 14 Conway 27 Cookson Cox Crawford Cross Curtman Davis Day Denison Dieckhaus Diehl Dugger Ellinger Elmer Entlicher Faith Fallert Fisher Fitzwater Flanigan Fraker Franklin Franz Frederick Fuhr Gatschenberger Gosen Grisamore Guernsey Haefner Hampton Harris Higdon Hinson Hodges Holsman Hoskins Hough Houghton Hubbard Hughes Hummel Johnson Jones 63 Jones 89 Jones 117 Kander Keeney Kelley 126 Kelly 24 Kirkton Klippenstein Koenig Korman Kratky Lair Lampe Lant Largent Lasater Lauer Leach Leara Lichtenegger Loehner Long Marshall McCaherty McCann Beatty McDonald McGeoghegan McGhee McManus McNary McNeil Meadows Molendorp Montecillo Nance Nasheed Neth Newman Nichols Nolte Oxford Pace Parkinson Peters-Baker Phillips Pierson Quinn Redmon Reiboldt Richardson Riddle Rizzo Rowland Ruzicka Sater Schad Scharnhorst Schatz Schieber Schieffer Schneider Schoeller Schupp Shively Shumake Sifton Silvey Smith 71 Smith 150 Solon Spreng Still Stream Swearingen Swinger Talboy Taylor Thomson Torpey Wallingford Walton Gray Webb Webber Wells Weter White Wieland Wright Wyatt Zerr Mr Speaker

NOES: 000

PRESENT: 000

ABSENT WITH LEAVE: 005

Brown 116 Funderburk May Pollock Zimmerman

VACANCIES: 001

Speaker Tilley declared the bill passed.

Really? Unanimously. Think about that for a minute. Not one teabagger voted against a key component of health care reform.