November 3, 2018 Press Releases

Claire McCaskill Joins SEIU in Kansas City to Get Out The Vote

MISSOURI — Today, Senator Claire McCaskill joined members of SEIU in Kansas City to Get Out the Vote ahead of Tuesday’s election.

“From raising the minimum wage to Josh Hawley’s lawsuit to strip protections from Missourians with pre-existing conditions, workers’ rights are on the ballot this Tuesday. I will always stand with our men and women who take a shower after work, and will fight back against Josh Hawley’s disastrous policies for working families,” said Claire McCaskill.

Claire has been a consistent supporter of efforts to raise the federal minimum wage, and supported bipartisan legislation that successfully provided tax credits to small businesses that hired workers who had been unemployed for more than six months. Claire also strongly opposes Right to Work, which was rejected by 67% of Missouri voters in August. On health care, Claire has been fighting back against Josh Hawley’s lawsuit to strip protections from nearly 2.5 million Missourians with pre-existing conditions. 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 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.”

Meanwhile, Josh Hawley — backed by his network of dark-money donors — is opposed to even a modest increase for Missourians earning minimum wage. And he is a strong supporter of Right to Work — because it’s a priority of his biggest donor, who poured millions of dollars into getting Hawley elected Attorney General. 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.”

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