GOP on defense to explain pre-existing condition protections

Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is pounding Missouri voters with the message that her Republican challenger wants to end health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

The Republican, state Attorney General Josh Hawley, says that’s not true. He is among GOP candidates for Congress and governor across the country being forced to defend their stance on the issue.

Democrats are demanding the Republicans say how they will preserve protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions despite calling for repeal of former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

That protection has become one of the most popular provisions of the law, commonly known as Obamacare.