Senate Democrats say they want full restoration of health care coverage for the nearly 400,000 people who either lost it or had benefits reduced in 2005.
Democratic Senator Joan Bray says the bill does not live up to its obligation to these people.
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|Description: This general assembly, this governor, pulled the rug out from a lot of people in 2005 on their health care. I think we have a moral obligation to those poor people who are economically underprivileged to do something for their health care, and this plan doesn't do it.|
Democratic Senators debated for hours over the inability of the bill to restore coverage to those who were cut in 2005.
The Republican Senator Tom Dempsey had this to say about the objective of his bill:
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|Description: We're trying to provide insurance for the working poor who make too much to qualify for HealthNet and who do not have access to insurance through their employer.|
Republican Senators say the cost of full restoration to the over 400,000 affected by the 2005 health cuts would be too high.
Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Rebecca Layne.