SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- New concern over the federal healthcare law in southwest Missouri.
Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) met with the Missouri Manufacturing Association in Springfield Friday. The group formed a consortium to help several small business owners join forces to offer their employees health insurance.
But the feds say...no deal.
"We just had people here representing lots of people who like what they have," says Blunt, "but the federal government specifically said, 'no, we're not going to let you keep that because it competes unfairly with the federal exchange.'"
Blunt says the consortium is helping small companies provide inexpensive insurance to employees by being part of a larger group.
The senator also discussed the IRS investigation. He says he was among GOP leaders who called on acting commissioner Steven Miller to step down this week. Blunt says the whole thing is hard to imagine.
"One national reporter said this morning, who is normally not on the conservative side of the debate, that either you have 80,000 people who are incompetent or 80,000 people who are out of control. That's an unfair thing to say about the 80,000 at the IRS who are trying to do their job the right way."
Blunt also said those responsible should be held accountable.
Full interview above