Carnahan could not get her fellow Democrat, Attorney General Chris Koster, to file the appeal on behalf of her office.
Koster issued a statement that Cole Circuit Judge Daniel Green’s “summary more accurately reflects the legislative intent than does the secretary’s proposed language. My job is to call balls and strikes in an impartial manner. The argument is over.”
The ballot proposal would prevent the governor from setting up the exchange, which is required by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and would require approval from lawmakers or voters to create the health insurance marketplace.
The summary that voters will see on Nov. 6 reads: “Shall Missouri Law be amended to prohibit the Governor, or any state agency, from establishing or operating state-based health insurance exchanges unless authorized by a vote of the people or by the Legislature?”