KCUR News
11:19 am
Wed August 12, 2009

McCaskill Confronts Tough Questions At Hillsboro Town Hall

St. Louis, MO – Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill faced tough questions at a town hall meeting on healthcare in rural Jefferson County yesterday. KWMU's Adam Allington reports.

After two hours of Q&A, several objections surfaced over and over people are concerned about potential funding for abortion, private insurance may go bankrupt if forced to compete with a public option and the whole thing will just cost too much.

At times the St. Louis Democrat had to plea for restraint, when it was clearly apparent that most people in the crowd just did not believe what she was telling them.

MCCASKILL: "I don't get it, I honestly don't get it. Do you all think that you're persuading people when you shout out like that .[shouts] .beg your pardon? You don't trust me?" [No!]"

Despite the chorus of boos and shouts, the forum went ahead and afterward many gave McCaskill credit for taking questions, even if they disagreed with her.