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Natalia Allen, KMOX Capitol Bureau
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - The debate continues in the Missouri State Capitol over the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care plan.   Missouri lawmakers are arguing over a bill  that would make it a crime to enforce it.

Democratic Representative Karla May says states can mandate what people do.

“They want to want to say that you have to have car insurance, you have to have house insurance, but they don’t want the federal government to mandate health insurance.”

And Democratic Representative Genise Montecillo questioned why Missouri lawmakers debating the bill.

“But the Supreme Court is ultimately the one who is going to make this decision. Not you, not me, we are not given that authority.”

Republican House members also had their say;  Representative Kurt Bahr says he is unwilling to enforce the President Obama’s health care plan, calling it unconstitutional.

“We the states created the Constitution, created the Federal government. It is our job to recognize what is and is not constitutional.” “The Federal government does not have the power to tell us what we have to purchase.”

When everyone had their say, the House gave first round approval to the bill.

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