Can 71 percent of Missourians be wrong? 

Obamacare got its first popular referendum last night in a swing state that features one of this year’s most important Senate races. It tanked.

It’s pretty hard to get 71 percent of Missourians to agree on anything, but 71 percent of them agree that their state should push back against the federal Obamacare mandate that all Americans purchase government-approved health insurance. The vote may be symbolic, but it definitely says something about how the most motivated voters — the people who will definitely show up in November, no matter what — feel about the law.

Supporters of the referendum pointed out that the federal government has never before created any such requirement for persons living within the United States to engage in a commercial activity. The only way to avoid the individual mandate under Obamacare is to convert to Christian Science, move out of the U.S., or commit suicide. Voters in every county rejected the law — the only jurisdiction in which it received an approving vote was St. Louis City, where only 41 percent supported the anti-Obamacare referendum.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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