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Senator Claire McCaskill Stops in Joplin
By Gretchen Bolander
JOPLIN, MO.--- A U.S. Senator talks about everything from jobs and the economy to repairing bridges and healthcare. Claire McCaskill was in Joplin today. Claire McCaskill was in town for a small business round table. She met with business owners about the federal government, what's working and what needs to be fixed.
"We work with a lot of healthcare, physicians and their lives are getting expensive. It seems like it's harder and harder to make a dollar," said John Motazedi, SMC Squared.
John Motazedi provides support for local businesses. He's worried about how federal healthcare regulations are affecting his medical clients.
"Their ultimate goal is to earn a fair wage for seeing patients and providing that level of care," said Motazedi.
He's not alone. A local doctor spoke about the added costs for a new physician to start up federally mandated electronic record keeping. One insurance agent questioned whether Obamacare was worth the increasing prices his clients are now forced to pay. The spirited debate even led McCaskill to call insurance a form of socialism.
"I'm sorry I used the "S" word - got everybody on edge. I was trying to make a point about how insurance really works. And the way you get insurance reasonably is by having a larger pool of people paying in so those with low risk off set those with high risk," said Senator Claire McCaskill.
McCaskill added that while the Affordable Care Act isn't perfect, it needs to be fixed, not repealed.
"I don't think that the people who are saying repeal Obamacare actually realize how upset the American people would be to go back to a system where you couldn't get insurance if you had the nerve to be sick before. Let's hold on to all the good things that are happening and let's fix it," said McCaskill.
It wasn't just healthcare. McCaskill says she's working on a bill that would provide $50 billion for infrastructure projects nationwide. She says that could be used for construction like fixing the thousands of Missouri bridges badly in need of repair.