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Missouri's senators approach health care town halls differently

Monday, August 31, 2009 | 2:25 p.m. CDT; updated 11:07 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 3, 2009

SPRINGFIELD — One brought in the big names, the other a big crowd. Missouri's two United States senators have highlighted the national health care debate in strikingly different fashions.

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill encountered a rowdy round of boos and applause Monday as she held the last of her town-hall health care forums in front of about 1,100 people in Springfield.

Republican Sen. Kit Bond appeared before an invitation-only crowd of 100 people in Kansas City for a health care discussion with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. John McCain.

McConnell said the United States has the best health care system in the world and there's no need to revamp the whole thing.

McCaskill said Congress must do something to make health care more affordable and accessible to people.

 


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