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Senator McCaskill Plans to Visit Springfield Next Monday

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Health care seems to be the talk around Washington right now and Senator Claire McCaskill is bringing the discussion to Springfield. KSMU’s Kristian Kriner reports.

McCaskill has been traveling around Missouri for the past few weeks talking to people about what changes they want to see in health care.

McCaskill visited places such as Hannibal, Moberly and Poplar Bluff.

Now, she’s making her way to Southwest Missouri to have roundtable discussions in West Plains and Springfield.

Maria Speiser is the spokesperson for the senator.

She says McCaskill wants to hear what people think about the proposed health care legislation.

“Well, I think that health care is an important aspect of every American’s life and it’s what people are talking about right now. When the Senate is back in Washington that’s what the Senate is going to be debating and so she wants to be ready with knowing exactly what her constituents are thinking,” Speiser said.

Speiser says there has been a lot of confusion about the health care proposal, so McCaskill is coming to clear up some of the misunderstanding.

Speiser says McCaskill supports changing the health care system in a responsible way.

“She is absolutely interested in hearing what people have to say. Her main concerns related to health care reform are making sure we do this in a way that doesn’t add to the federal deficit, making sure that we provide additional consumer choices, bring down the overall cost of health care and deliver better outcomes for patients,” Speiser said.

McCaskill will be in Springfield Monday, August 31st at 12:30 at the Gillioz Theater.

This event is open to the public and there will be time to ask Senator McCaskill questions.

McCaskill will also be in West Plains Monday, August 31st at 9:00 am at the West Plains Civic Center Theater.

For KSMU News, I’m Kristian Kriner.