Ads begin for health care ballot measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Opponents of the new federal health care law have started running radio ads encouraging people to vote for a Missouri ballot measure next week.

The ballot measure sets up a conflict with a federal law requiring most Americans to have health insurance or face fines by 2014. The Missouri measure would prohibit governments from requiring health insurance or penalizing people who pay for their own health care.

A group called Missourians for Health Care Freedom says it began running radio ads Monday in support of the Aug. 3 ballot measure. The ads are running during certain conservative talk shows and on Christian radio stations.

A finance report filed Monday shows the group has raised about $75,000 for the campaign.