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TheChat: Claire McCaskill insists most consumers won’t see 25 percent increases in their health care premiums


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▪ “They are not going to pay 25 percent more.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, insisting that although health care premiums under Obamacare are rising by 25 percent or more, consumers won’t be paying that much.

That’s because most people get federal subsidies to help cover the cost of their coverage, McCaskill said. She remains a stout defender of the Affordable Care Act. (link via

▪ “Eric is opposed to our current system of judicial selection that gives trial lawyers too much control over the appointment of the very judges they argue their cases in front of.” — Will Scharf, policy director for Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens.

Greitens wants to move away from Missouri’s highly touted non-partisan court plan in favor of a model used in Tennessee. There, governors appoint any judge they want, but each pick is subject to approval by the Legislature and must undergo a retention vote every eight years.

▪ “We should lift our heads up and consider this opportunity.” — Chris Koster, the Democratic candidate for governor, advocating for Medicaid expansion in Missouri.

Koster acknowledges that the Affordable Care Act needs repairing. But he also said Medicaid expansion is a financial no-brainer for the state. Gaining approval for such a plan from the GOP-led General Assembly would be an extraordinary challenge for Koster.

▪ “You are fascinated with sex and you don't care about public policy.” — Newt Gingrich criticizing Fox anchor Megyn Kelly for her coverage of the sexual assault allegations recently made against Donald Trump.

Kelly was having none of it: "Listen, Mr. Speaker, I'm not fascinated by sex," she said, "but I am fascinated by the protection of women and understanding what we're getting in the Oval Office."