Blunt, Carnahan cite 'common sense' in health care bill

Monday, March 22, 2010 | 12:36 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's leading candidates for U.S. Senate are both citing "common sense" for their opposite positions on a federal health care overhaul.

Congress voted Sunday night to send the legislation to President Barack Obama.

Republican Congressman Roy Blunt, a candidate for Senate, voted against the bill. He described it as a government takeover that "will make health care worse and more expensive." Blunt said he is standing up for the values and common sense of Missouri residents.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is the leading Democratic candidate for Senate. She said the health care bill contains "important common sense protections that were long overdue." But Carnahan says it is far from perfect and changes are needed to hold down costs and crack down on insurance companies.


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Allan Sharrock March 22, 2010 | 3:57 p.m.

Well Robin you have sealed your fate in your bid to the Senate. You will lose.

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Ray Shapiro March 22, 2010 | 4:45 p.m.

("But Carnahan says it is far from perfect and changes are needed to hold down costs and crack down on insurance companies.")

Obama kept saying in effect, It's "our" job to keep those insurance companies "honest."

Private consumer protection & watchdog groups as well as attorneys challenging insurance companies' supposed "breach of contracts" would have been a more appropriate route than the Fed's looking to put private insurance companies out of business.

Smaller, bite-size, easier to understand, administrable, bipartisan bills to tweak America's multi-tiered health care delivery system would have avoided the backlash most Democrats will experience from this monster of a legislation.

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