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Sen. McCaskill voices support for state-run health insurance exchange

Claire McCaskilll
Kristofor Husted

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says there will be a political price to pay for state legislators who allow the federal government to run the state’s health insurance exchange.

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday, the Democratic Senator said the federal health care law is going to be implemented and the state of the Missouri has the opportunity to get resources from the federal government.

“They’re going to have an opportunity to shop for reasonable insurance on an exchange that could be run and the rules of the road designed by Missourians. And instead these folks are so focused on the evils of Obamacare, they’re going to short change the people of Missouri,” Sen. McCaskill said.

Earlier this month, Governor Jay Nixon notified the federal government that Missouri will not run its own insurance exchange. That’s because voters approved a measure preventing the Governor from establishing a state-run exchange unless lawmakers have authorized it.

Julie Bierach is the morning newscaster/news producer at St. Louis Public Radio. She was born and raised in St. Louis and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University. She started her career in Cape Girardeau, Mo. as a student announcer.