Dem Senator Claire McCaskill: Congress Should Pursue Alternatives to Individual Health Mandate

And the reason she's saying this is because she's up for reelection in 2012 and Missouri is a swing state, no other reason...
Democratic senator facing a tough reelection fight in 2012 said Congress must pursue alternatives to a requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance.

More than 20 states have challenged the new healthcare reform law’s so-called individual mandate in federal court, arguing that Congress cannot require individuals to purchase health coverage

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), expected to face stiff competition from Republicans in the 2012 election, said she understood why the requirement was included in the reform law, but said lawmakers must find other ways to boost insurance enrollment.

There’s other ways we can get people into the pool — I hope — other than a mandate, and we need to look at that,” McCaskill said Wednesday morning on MSNBC.

Missouri voters overwhelmingly rejected the individual mandate during the August primary, with 71 percent of voters approving a referendum opposing the measure. McCaskill said at the time she'd heard the voters loud and clear.