Kentucky's U.S. Senators Address Healthcare Reform in Bowling Green


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul made a stop at Greenview Hospital to discuss healthcare reform with community health leaders. Specifically the Affordable Care Act and the changes that will come along with it. Most people just wanted to know how the changes will affect them.

Senator Paul made very clear that defunding the act may not be possible with a split Congress, but compromise is always a possibility.

"The senate won't agree then we should find a compromise. That compromise would be in conference committee but you won't get to compromise if you don't stake out your position of what you're for. We should be for defunding Obamacare and we should pass that in the house." said Senator Paul.

Senator Paul says a recent move by the president is only adding fuel to the fire.

"The president has already peeled back one of the major components of it. The employer mandate. He did that on his own, unconstitutionally, even though I agree with it.. The president is not allowed to write law but he did anyway. Why don't we take him at his word and since he's already heading in the right direction, why don't we delay the individual mandate. I think there's a possibility that if we fought hard enough now, then that could actually happen."

Both senators opened the floor for questions and the recent uncertainty behind the act is causing concern not just for those in politics, but for medical professionals as well.

"We all thought the act or the bill would provide insurance for those patients that don't have access to coverage. For us, that's a win, win. Now we're not sure if that's going to be the purpose or pan out." commented Atricia Harrell, Quality Risk Management Director for Greenview Hospital.

Senator Paul says he believes the public elected a republican majority in the house because they object to Affordable Care Act. Though Senator Mitch McConnell did not make himself available to the media afterward, he did speak at the event saying the Affordable Care Act was the wrong approach to healthcare problems. He said a scalpel was needed but instead a meat axe was taken to the whole system.

While in Bowling Green, Senator Paul also fielded questions from the media about U.S. aid to Egypt.

"Last week they were all giving me a hard time. This week they're seeing the violence over there saying maybe we should obey the law. To me it's not even the pros and cons of whether aid is a good idea. It's whether you're going to obey the law. The law says when there is a military coup, all aid should end." said Senator Paul.

Senator Paul also said If the U.S. does plan to send more aid to the embattled country, it would be a better idea to send bread instead of tanks.


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