President Barack Obama addressed both chambers of Congress tonight on the issue of health care.
The speech comes after a summer when tempers flared over what to do with the nation's health care infrastructure. Obama and most Democrats want to great a government-run insurance program that would provide health coverage to potentially millions of people. Plans circulating in Washington also would bar insurance companies from refusing coverage to those with "preexisting conditions" and penalize those who don't purchase insurance.
Both of Missouri's senators reacted after Obama made his speech. Here's a statement from U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri:
“After hosting town halls throughout Missouri, I think the President did a good job correcting all the misinformation that has been spread. Now with the stakes made clear, it’s time to work on reasonable health insurance reform that will bring down the cost of health care, improve the way care is provided, and do it in a way that doesn’t saddle our grandchildren with our debt. He did a great job of explaining that the price of doing nothing is much too steep and those who are blocking health care reform are engaged in very risky behavior.”
Here's a statement from Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri:
“Now is the time to listen to the American people, not push through a partisan government takeover of health care. I hope the President and Democrats act on this message.”