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Missouri Democrat Says She’s Open to Single-Payer Health Care System

Claire McCaskill indicated she could see herself supporting a “Medicare for All” single-payer health care system…

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) told a town hall audience that, under the right circumstances, she could “consider” supporting a single-payer health care system.

Video of McCaskill’s remarks, obtained by Breitbart, shows the Missouri Democrat telling voters, “I think we could consider it,” when discussing single-payer:

“And if we can get those health care costs down through this comparison shopping, and if we can figure out a way to make sure that comparison-shopping doesn’t go away with a single-payer system, that we don’t lose the value of competition, then I think we could consider it. In the meantime, what I think that we should do is put what is a quasi-public option on the exchanges. People between the ages of 55 and 65 are the people that need health insurance the most, and in the Republican bills are going to pay the most.”

McCaskill, fighting for her political life in next year’s midterm election, has been particularly vague on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) “Medicare for All” program, which is a single-payer system. Sanders intends to bring the legislation to the Senate floor in September.

In April, McCaskill called single-payer “unrealistic,” but she chose not to vote against the legislation when it was brought up on the Senate floor in July. Some of her fellow endangered Democrats did vote against it, however.