McCaskill returns to Missouri for town hall meetings

CONCORDIA, Mo. | U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is returning to Missouri for town hall meetings, one week after voters across the state overwhelmingly rejected a key part of the federal health care overhaul.

McCaskill scheduled meetings with constituents in Concordia and Trenton on Tuesday, and in Maryville on Wednesday.

The one-hour gatherings were billed as open forums. McCaskill plans to discuss deficit spending and financial reform. But organizers expect the Aug. 3 Missouri health care referendum to remain a hot topic.

Missouri voters cast 71 percent of their ballots in favor of a state measure to bar the government from requiring people to carry health insurance while penalizing those who don’t.