U.S. Senate candidate Robin Carnahan supports healthcare reform but says she’s not sure Congress is making the right moves on some issues. Carnahan says the healthcare debate in Washington is necessary, and that reform is needed.
However, Carnahan says the Stupak Amendment – which would prevent federal funding from going to insurance companies that pay for abortions – shouldn’t be a the center of the issue.
Carnahan, a Democrat, is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Senator Bond.
Republican Congressman Roy Blunt, who is also running for the seat, voted against the healthcare measure, which passed the House despite minimal support from Missouri’s congressional delegates.
She says she has some concerns about the current bill that just passed, such as the cost, but that she’s happy it’s being debated and she’s sure it will undergo many changes in the Senate.
State Senator Chuck Purgason, also a Republican, has also thrown his hat into the ring for Bond’s seat.
The Blunt camp has said Carnahan doesn’t take firm positions on bills in Congress. Carnahan says Blunt and other Republicans are spreading misconceptions about the bill and blames that, in part, on Blunt taking campaign contributions from those connected to big insurance.