McCaskill, Akin spar over Medicare program

McCaskill, Akin spar over Medicare program

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This photo combo shows U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., left, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. For most of a century, Missouri has been the nation's bellwether. Every four years, a majority of voters in the state in the center of the country _ a near perfect mirror of its demographics, geography, economics and politics _ predictably cast their ballots for the candidates the nation as a whole chooses to win the White House. Should Akin, who offended millions of Americans with insensitive remarks about rape and pregnancy, rebound this November to defeat McCaskill, Missouri will probably need to turn in its bell for good. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings, Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Posted on October 19, 2012 at 6:18 AM

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) -- Medicare continues to be a point of contention between Democratic Missouri U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and her Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin.

During a debate Thursday night, McCaskill criticized Akin for supporting proposals that she said amounted to “privatizing Medicare” by giving future retirees a fixed amount of money with which to purchase private medical insurance. Akin said seniors deserve a choice and the government should get out of the price-setting business in health care.

Akin, meanwhile, criticized McCaskill for supporting a provision in President Barack Obama’s health care law that cuts more than $700 billion in Medicare payments to hospitals, other medical providers and insurers. McCaskill said those savings were used to strengthen Medicare and that Akin had supported similar cuts in a Republican budget plan.

 

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