State of Kentucky Archives: on Health Care


Steve Beshear: Kentucky leads the way on affordable health care for all

We are shrugging off an historic reputation for backwardness and instead are writing a new narrative founded on change and innovation. And the nation has taken notice. Over the last three months I've told Kentucky's story on influential programs like Meet the Press, C-SPAN, CNN, the BBC, NPR, and in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. These national opinion-shapers didn't want to talk about the usual Kentucky subjects of basketball, bourbon and horse racing. They wanted to know about Kentucky leading the way on providing affordable health care to all of its people and designing a high-tech benefits exchange that has become a national model.
Source: 2014 Kentucky State of the State speech Jan 7, 2014

Mitch McConnell: ObamaCare is a train wreck; do what we can to repeal it

SCHIEFFER: Let me ask you about Senator Ted Cruz. He led this effort to tie the defunding of ObamaCare to shutting down the government. He said he is not backing away. He says he will continue to do "anything he can" to stop what he calls "the train wreck that is ObamaCare."

McCONNELL: Well, I certainly agree with Senator Cruz that ObamaCare is indeed a train wreck. People--even if they could access the website--can't get quotes. Even those who may be fortunate enough to sign up are going to find that the premiums are higher and the choices are fewer. One thing that all Republicans agreed on back in 2009 is that we thought ObamaCare was a terrible mistake for the country. We still think that, and we're going to do everything we can in the future to try to repeal it. But that requires a Republican Senate and a different president. We have a math problem in the Senate in getting rid of ObamaCare: 55 Democrats and 45 Republicans. I'd like to have 51.

Source: CBS Face the Nation 2013 series: 2014 Kentucky Senate race Oct 20, 2013

Alison Grimes: Delay mandated coverage, but keep ObamaCare

On the Affordable Care Act, Grimes was cautiously critical. "I am troubled by some of the provisions," she said, and for the first time said exactly which one. "There are 700,000 businesses in Kentucky and I am concerned that especially the smaller ones are overburdened," she said.

Her suggestion: delay the imposition of the coverage mandate on small business, as the president already has done for larger corporations. "The mandate will not work for many small businesses in Kentucky," she said, "so I believe that a delay is the right course so that changes can be made."

She also blasted McConnell for wanting to abandon the law altogether, pointing out that the state's health ratings are among the worst in the nation, and that other provisions in the law will extend coverage to an estimated 600,000 more Kentuckians. "Unlike Sen. McConnell, I don't want to throw the baby out with the bath water," she said.

Source: Huffington Post coverage of 2014 Kentucky Senate debates Aug 3, 2013

Jack Conway: Pay for Obamacare with bulk purchasing & fraud units

Q: If you want to get serious about the national debt, you have to do something about entitlements. Tell me of a single benefit you would reduce?

CONWAY: We need Medicare bulk purchasing. That would save about $200 billion. That would be the first bill I introduce when I go to the US Senate. Secondly, we need Medicare fraud units in each and every state. Estimates are there are about $100 billion in fraud.

Q: Are you willing to reduce a benefit?

CONWAY: Let me say one more thing on what I want to do as well. I think we need to end the offshore tax loopholes, a $130 billion in those. It can be done like that. We need a pay-as-you-go system. And then we also need a bipartisan debt commission to come back with recommendations.

Q: Dr. Paul, you say you want to repeal Obamacare; for Social Security, would you raise the retirement age?

PAUL: -for younger people, yes.

Source: Fox News Sunday, 2010 Kentucky Senate debate Oct 3, 2010

Rand Paul: Obamacare will cost $3T & health insurance still goes up 15%

CONWAY: I'm not for the $2,000 deductible and taking our health care system back to a pre-World War II system, which is what Rand Paul said. So I'd like to fix health care. He wants to repeal it.

PAUL: It's incredibly foolhardy to have a trillion-dollar stimulus and then another trillion dollars into Obamacare. The thing about government also is they notoriously underestimate the cost of things. What the Democrats tell us will be a trillion- dollar health care could turn into a $3 trillion nightmare, a drag on the economy. It's already causing unemployment in Kentucky. My health insurance went up 15 percent since Obamacare was passed. What is going to happen is it's going to hurt the economy and hurt jobs in Kentucky.

Source: Fox News Sunday, 2010 Kentucky Senate debate Oct 3, 2010

Bruce Lunsford: McConnell is bought and paid for by drug companies

During the forum, the candidates agreed on several broad policy issues, such as eliminating the capital gains tax. But they frequently traded shots over each other’s political backers. Lunsford repeated his claim that McConnell is “bought and paid for” by special interests such as drug companies and the oil industry, while McConnell described Lunsford as a patsy of labor unions.
Source: 2008 Kentucky Senate debate reported in Herald-Leader Aug 21, 2008

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Amb.John Bolton(MD)
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Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
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Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Jon Huntsman(UT)
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Rep.Peter King(NY)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
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Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
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Gov.Andrew Cuomo(NY)
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