You could be voting in 2022 on a proposed constitutional amendment in Missouri, requiring health insurers to cover preexisting conditions.

House Joint Resolution 50 is a two-page proposal. It’s sponsored by State Rep. Dean Plocher, R-Des Peres, the powerful House Majority Floor Leader. He says the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the Affordable Care Act this year.

State Reps. Dean Plocher, R-Des Peres, (left) and Curtis Trent, R-Springfield, speak on the Missouri House floor in Jefferson City on May 13, 2020 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)

“If it is (overturned), there’s one element in the Affordable Care Act that I certainly stand on and that is protecting vulnerable Missourians from facing the hardships that insurance would have if they couldn’t be covered because of their preexisting conditions,” Plocher says.

Plocher describes HJR 50 as a commonsense solution to a problem that all of us will face, at some point.

“As I myself am aging at some point I’m going to have too many preexistings where I probably couldn’t be insured at a reasonable rate,” says Plocher. “I think Missouri’s economy, Missouri’s families and the quality of life is better when we have affordable health insurance.”

HJR 50 has not been scheduled for a House hearing yet. Leader Plocher expects it to have bipartisan support.

Click here to listen to Brian Hauswirth’s interview with Missouri House Majority Floor Leader Dean Plocher, R-Des Peres, which was recorded on February 9, 2021:

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