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Blunt: Get health coverage if you can

Updated: 2013-09-26T16:26:20Z

By DAVE HELLING

The Kansas City Star

Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt Thursday said Missourians should get health insurance “if they can figure out how.”

On a conference call with Missouri reporters, the GOP senator was asked what advice he would give constituents when the health insurance marketplace opens for business next Tuesday.

“I’d recommend that people if they can figure out how to have health insurance that they get health insurance,” he said.

Blunt opposes Obamacare and has called for its repeal or a delay. But he did not suggest, as some Republicans have, that Missourians boycott the exchange.

He also predicted Missourians who use the exchange will find costs higher than they might find somewhere else.

“I think what people are going to find next Tuesday is that ... the federal exchange is nowhere near ready to do the job,” he said.

Missouri declined to establish its own exchange. The federal government will provide it instead.

The law also currently requires members of Congress to use the exchange. We asked Blunt if he would try to do so for his own health insurance on Tuesday.

“I haven’t decided yet how I’m going to handle it,” he said. “And I don’t think it’s a settled question yet how generally it’s going to handled by legislative employees of the government.”

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