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Senators stop state board on health care vote.

Date: September 15, 2011
By: Stacey Kafka
State Capitol Bureau

Three senators stopped the vote of a state insurance board over implementing $21 million to set up Obama's federal health care plan in Missouri.
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Wrap: During a committee meeting Senators discovered that a similar meeting was happening among members of a state insurance board.

The Missouri Health Insurance Pool planned to vote on beginning the implementation process of Obama's health care plan, a process Republican Senator Jim Lembke of St. Louis says he feels cuts Senators out of the process.  

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Description: "What we asked them to do was just slow down the process, we're trying to work through this in the legislature through hearings and have the opportunity to have discussions with the second floor."

After hearing from the senators behind closed doors, MHIP says it will not vote today.

From the state Capitol, I'm Stacey Kafka.

Missouri's Insurance Director avoids discussing Nixon's involvement in implementing $21 million in health care grants.
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Wrap: After senators rushed to an insurance board meeting to block implementation of Obama's federal healthcare plan, one common question kept coming up, was governor Nixon responsible for this meeting?

John Huff, Director of Insurance, says he did not talk to the governor, but talked to his office.

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Description: "I mean I talked to the Governor's office to update them, but the Governor was supportive of the technical work that's being done."

The governor's office did not say whether or not they were behind the Missouri Health Insurance Pool.

From the state Capitol, I'm Stacey Kafka.

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