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Kinder Blasts 'Obamacare' One Week Before Mo.'s Federal Health Exchange Opens

(St. Louis Public Radio)

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) blasted President Obama's (D) Affordable Care Act Monday, just over one week before Missouri's federally-run health insurance exchange is scheduled to open for business.

Kinder told reporters during a conference call that he hopes Missouri residents without health coverage will opt not to use the exchange.

"This law prescribes a one-size-fits-all plan for all of us," Kinder said.  "I would hope there would be a lot of active resistance to the implementation of this law, and would say that there needs to be…so if you can, yes, resist signing up."

Kinder told reporters that the Affordable Care Act counts on "dumping hundreds of thousands of people into a failing Medicaid system."

"This is blatantly causing layoffs, it is causing people to lose retirement coverage that they had, (and) it's causing people to not get hired in the first place," Kinder said.

Kinder filed a lawsuit seeking to block the federal law's implementation in Missouri, but a federal appeals court last year tossed it out, citing that Kinder had no legal standing to file suit.  

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St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a native of Mississippi and proud alumnus of Ole Miss (welcome to the SEC, Mizzou!). He has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off an old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Liberty Belle, and their cat, Honey.