In order to assert our rights, acknowledge our duties, and proclaim the principles on which our government is founded, we declare:
1. That the liberty inherent in each citizen includes autonomy in decisions regarding lawful health care related services or products and the manner in which contracting parties may agree for payment to be made for such services or products. No government official or agency shall have any authority either to compel any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in any health care system, or to impose any sort of direct or indirect penalty, tax, fee or levy for choosing not to participate in such a system; nor shall any government official or agency make a citizen’s right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful health care services subject to any form of direct or indirect penalty, tax, fee or levy.
2. This section shall not prevent this state’s courts from enforcing contracts, nor prevent the General Assembly from establishing statutes which prohibit certain dangerous health care services, impose reasonable uniform regulation of the health insurance industry in this state, or the imposition or collection of uniformly imposed taxes for the purpose of funding public health care programs, provided all such statutes are otherwise consistent with all other constitutional provisions.
Summary Statement for the official Ballot Title
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to secure citizens’ liberty to decide for themselves how they shall obtain, provide, and pay for lawful health care services and products, subject only to certain reasonable and uniform governmental regulation?