House Concurrent Resolution No. 18



            Whereas, the current health care proposal being debated in the United States Congress will raise federal taxes and force new taxes on Missourians, which are detrimental to Missouri's economy; and

            Whereas, Missouri families and employers may be facing even more mandates that drive up costs if the United States Congress passes the current health care proposal; and

            Whereas, the federal government's attempt to reform health care has overwhelmingly centered around increasing eligibility to health care, but not addressing important issues such as increasing access, provider rates or quality of care; and

            Whereas, the current health care proposal might allow the expenditure of public funds for abortions; and

            Whereas, the current health care proposal works a substantial change to longstanding practices governing end of life decisions; and

            Whereas, there has been a complete lack of transparency during the final negotiations to craft this legislation and special deals have already emerged that are going to put Missouri at a disadvantage; and

            Whereas, the unfunded mandates and special deals will place greater pressure on Missouri taxpayers and put funding for education, mental health services, public safety, and all other essential state services at risk:

            Now, therefore, be it resolved that the members of the House of Representatives of the Ninety-fifth General Assembly, Second Regular Session, the Senate concurring therein, hereby urge our Missouri Congressional delegation to vote against the current health care proposal and develop health care reform that is affordable and accessible to all legal residents and to further request that our elected statewide officials express their respective positions on the passage of the current health care proposal and send a unified message to our Missouri Congressional delegation; and

            Be it further resolved that the Missouri General Assembly urge our elected statewide officials to review the constitutionality of the current health care proposal, which includes several special deals for other states, including the "Nebraska kickback"; and

            Be it further resolved that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare properly inscribed copies of this resolution for Governor Jay Nixon, President Barack Obama, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and each member of the Missouri Congressional delegation.