October 17, 2018 Press Releases

Claire McCaskill Holds “Your Health Care, Your Vote” Tour Stop in Arnold

ARNOLD — Today, Senator Claire McCaskill held a “Your Health Care, Your Vote” tour stop in Arnold, to remind voters that their health care is at stake on November 6. While Claire has consistently fought to protect Missourians’ access to health care and lower the cost of prescription drugs, Josh Hawley is suing to remove health care protections from nearly 2.5 million Missourians with pre-existing conditions, increase the cost of prescription drugs for some seniors, and make it harder for Missourians to afford health insurance.

“Missourians want access to quality, affordable health care — and they want to know that they are going to be able to get health insurance, even if they’ve been sick before. Josh Hawley is suing to take access to health care away, and that’s unacceptable. And Missourians need to know that on November 6th, their health care is on the ballot.” — Senator Claire McCaskill

Senator Claire McCaskill has a clear record of working with members of both parties to strengthen our health care system. President Trump recently signed legislation of Claire’s to repeal the pharmacy gag clause, so that pharmacists can tell consumers if their prescriptions would be cheaper by paying out-of-pocket, and her legislation to bring greater oversight to air ambulance costs is on the President’s desk for signature. Claire has also co-sponsored a measure that would allow the Senate Legal Counsel to defend protections for pre-existing conditions against Josh Hawley’s lawsuit, co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to stabilize the individual market and introduced legislation to help rural Missourians access health insurance. Claire has also introduced bipartisan legislation to address unfair Medicare reimbursements, allow pregnant women to buy health insurance year-round, and allow states to help small businesses by changing the definition of a “small group market.” And she introduced legislation to allow Missourians in bare counties to buy their insurance the same way their Members of Congress do.

Meanwhile, Josh Hawley used Missouri taxpayer dollars to file a lawsuit to remove all of the current consumer health care protections, including protections that prevent insurance companies from denying coverage to nearly 2.5 million Missourians with pre-existing conditions. Hawley’s lawsuit would also remove protections for Missourians who are on their parents’ health insurance plans and reopen the Medicare Part D donut hole. Hawley’s proposal for protecting those with pre-existing conditions has been slammed by editorial boards as “incoherent,” “unworkable,” and “doesn’t deserve to be taken seriously.”