Claire McCaskill

Sen. Claire McCaskill was in Downtown Washington Monday to discuss protecting health care coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

McCaskill said generic drug prices are going up due to no competition and the knowledge that people who need the drug would have to have it despite the price.

By adding competition to the market, the incentive goes away and prices decline, McCaskill told supporters at a new restaurant, which has not yet opened

She also disclosed that Humana, a health insurance company, recently named 400 conditions it would not insure.

McCaskill said she’s working toward protections that would keep drug prices the same no matter the age, race or sex of a person.

She wants her opponent, Attorney General Josh Hawley, to develop a plan instead of just gutting the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She wants to find ways to fix the problems associated with the ACA.

Due to Missouri refusing to expand Medicaid, McCaskill said taxpayers will be hit with an indirect tax increase due to the refusal of federal money that would have come along with the expansion. In turn, she expects rural hospitals will be run out of business without the federal money.

McCaskill described the newly proposed Medicaid plan as the “I Hate Obama-care Medicaid.”

Other topics discussed included President Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and tariffs that have recently been in play.

“I do not share the president’s enthusiasm for Kim Jong Un,” she said.

McCaskill said she did not trust the summit and does not think that Kim should be lifted up or valued.

“This is the Show-Me state,” she said, adding the president will have to show her that progress is being made with ending the nuclear program if he wants her to believe it.

McCaskill called the tariffs chaotic. Of the 22,000 exclusions, she said 98 of them have been decided.

She cited the Mid Continent Nail Corporation, which has faced a 25 percent increase in cost to purchase the wire it uses due to tariffs. As a result, the company has been forced to raise its prices, slash its output and lay off about 60 of its 500 employees.

The company expects to lay off 200 more by the end of July.

When asked about the opening on the Supreme Court, McCaskill said she will wait to learn who the nominees are before making her decision. She said she wants to make sure she does what will be best for Missouri despite the political party.

McCaskill said she wants to be the senator who holds onto the middle by understanding the other party. She reminded her supporters that it’s important to respect Republicans and have open conversations.