Health care law a flashpoint in Kander-Blunt Senate race

President Barack Obama’s health care reform law has survived legislative attacks in Congress and cleared legal challenges at the Supreme Court. But it still ignites a political firestorm on the 2016 campaign trail.

One of the hot spots for the debate: Missouri’s Senate race between Republican incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt and his Democratic challenger, Secretary of State Jason Kander.

Blunt and his GOP allies have tried to bludgeon Kander over his support for the Affordable Care Act, and Kander accuses Blunt of using the ACA to score political points, without offering any serious fixes or alternatives to its popular consumer protections and controversial insurance mandates.

Blunt has been a vocal critic of the ACA, saying it’s an “onerous” law that should be scrapped. Still, Blunt has not gone as far as some of his Republican colleagues to pursue that goal.

Kander, on the other hand, says the ACA needs to be fixed, not nixed. He said he does not support a controversial proposal by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for a limited “public option,” which would allow Americans who are 55 and older to buy into Medicare.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader

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