Protecting and strengthening Medicare should be a top priority for anyone elected to serve Missouri.
Claire McCaskill has a proven record of standing on the side of her constituents, not the big health insurance companies, when it comes to ensuring that our seniors get the quality, affordable care they deserve.
On the other hand, Claire's opponent, Todd Akin, has a different approach to Medicare. He wants to end guaranteed Medicare for seniors, and instead force seniors into the private insurance market with just a government voucher in hand. This would force grandparents across the state to deal directly with insurance companies, an outcome no sane person should endorse.
This contrast makes re-electing Claire McCaskill a no-brainer for anyone who wants to protect the safety net for our seniors.
Betty Beasley is a Columbia resident.