Democrat Claire McCaskill Gets a Single-Payer Supporting Primary Opponent

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A woman planning to center her campaign around support for a single-payer health system has announced her plan to challenge Sen. Claire McCaskill in the state's Democratic primary, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Angelica Earl, a 31-year-old Democrat, worked in the insurance industry as a verification specialist for insurance applicants under the Affordable Care Act. She is attacking McCaskill for her statement in support of looking for a bipartisan solution to health care.

"My stance is single-payer health care for all," said Earl, who intends to file the necessary paperwork for her run in the coming days.

McCaskill's stance on single-payer is much less clear than Earl's.

Earlier this year she said during a town hall that single-payer would be too expensive and is not realistic, but earlier this month she said she would "consider" it.

Politico reported on Monday that Democrats were becoming alarmed that supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), a strong advocate for single-payer, would start launching primary attacks against the party's incumbent senators.