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The Associated Press July 27, 2010, 4:45PM ET

Opposition organizing to Mo. health care measure

Opponents are organizing against a Missouri ballot measure seeking to defy the new federal health insurance law.

The measure on the Aug. 3 ballot would prohibit laws requiring people to have insurance or penalizing them for paying their own health bills. It's intended to clash with a federal requirement for most Americans to have health insurance or face fines by 2014.

Supporters of Missouri's measure have been raising money for weeks and are running radio ads.

Opponents have been less centrally organized. But they plan a rally Thursday in Kansas City.

The Missouri Hospital Association also has mailed out materials suggesting passage of the measure could cost Missouri hospitals millions of dollars - resulting in higher costs for insured patients.

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