Sen. Claire McCaskill said she backs the outline of a federal healthcare plan that would require employers to provide health insurance to their employees or pay into a pool.
That model, championed by Sen. Max Baucus, is widely seen as the approach that will be championed by the Democratic Congress this summer.
"I think that the Baucus plan is a great starting point," McCaskill said during a media availability in her downtown Springfield office Saturday afternoon.
Baucus' proposal would also allow a Medicare-like government plan to compete with private ones. McCaskill said that's a good idea.
HAS NOT made up her mind on reconciliation -- whether she would vote "Yes" or "No" on healthcare if the Democrats used a controversial procedure that only required them to get 51 votes to win passage.
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Says It Helps "Keep Our Word" to Veterans with a $5.5 Billion Dollar Increase
Notes Billions for Foreign Aid Were Taken Out
"If you take the increase in veterans spending out of the budget and the one-time budget item on the Census, we spent less money this year on domestic discretionary spending than we did last year," McCaskill said. "This was not a runaway budget. This was a lean budget."
McCaskill spent more than 30 minutes with reporters answering questions on everything from the budget, the stimulus package, North Korea, gay marriage and Twittering.
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Most vote "NO."
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"I always like a woman who's brave enough to take on the party structure."