No appeal on suit against Mo. health care measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The people who challenged a Missouri
ballot measure on health care have decided not to appeal a judge's
decision dismissing their lawsuit.

      Attorney Chip Gentry said Monday his clients don't plan to take
the case to the Missouri Supreme Court.

      On Friday, Cole County Circuit Judge Paul Wilson rejected a
lawsuit seeking to strike the proposal from the Aug. 3 ballot. The
lawsuit claimed legislators violated the state constitution in the
way they drafted the measure.

      The Missouri proposal would bar governments from requiring
people to have health insurance or from penalizing people for
paying their own health bills. It would conflict with a requirement
of a new federal law requiring most people to have health insurance
or face fines by 2014.
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