The Health Care Freedom Act, as it was knows, passed with a 71% majority on Tuesday. It says the federal government cannot mandate that Missourians have to have health insurance. It also says Missourians can provide and pay for legal health care services without fear of penalty. Senator Claire McCaskill said Wednesday after the vote that clearly she has some work to do.
“Well, I think that I have to work very hard at making sure that Missourians understand all the positive things that are in the bill. As time goes on they will realize that as seniors start getting help with the donut hole and as young people are allowed to stay on their parents policies until the age of 26, as prevention appointments become free, as people have to arm wrestle their insurance companies less for the health care they want,” says McCaskill.
McCaskill says the debate over health care is not over.
“Obviously doing the right thing on health care is a work in progress. I certainly appreciate that people have expressed their opinion, that’s appropriate, and I think I need to listen and pay attention and if some of “the sky is falling” actually begins to occur and there are huge problems then obviously I’d be part of the team of people that would want to fix them.”