Judge upholds Mo. health-care ballot measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri judge has rejected a challenge to an Aug. 3 ballot measure putting a key part of the federal health care law to a statewide vote. Cole County Circuit Judge Paul Wilson on Friday dismissed a lawsuit seeking to strike the measure from the ballot.

An appeal is likely. The Missouri measure proposes a law barring the government from requiring people to have health insurance or from penalizing people for paying their health bills with their own money.

It would conflict with a federal law requiring most people to have health insurance or face fines by 2014. The lawsuit claimed Missouri's measure violated a state constitutional requirement that legislation contain a clear title with a single subject that is not changed from its original purpose.

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