McConnell in Glasgow to Discuss Health Care

Senator Mitch McConnell (R) Kentucky has made it no secret, he's not fond of President Obama or his health care plan.

However, today, at TJ Samson hospital in Glasgow, he did go beyond just blasting them.

He gave some solutions to the complicated problem that is health care.

Senator Mitch McConnell made his way to Glasgow today to talk about an issue, he's said a lot about, health care.

He's been out against Obama's health care plan from day one.

The U.S. Supreme Court is looking at the constitutionality of Obama's plan.

"If the federal government can order you to buy an insurance policy, and tell you what kind of insurance policy to buy, because your decision not to buy it would affect the health care cost of someone else, can the federal government order you to eat carrots? Could it order you to quit smoking? Could it order you to lose weight?" asked McConnell.

Today, after his speech, he tossed out some ideas of things he'd like to do to change health care, if the Supreme Court rules Obama's plan unconstitutional.

"I think we need to pursue this issue with a lot more modesty, not a huge take over of all of American health care. Concentrate on things like interstate insurance sales, medical malpractice reform for doctors and hospitals, things that we know will drive the cost down while not making quality worse," said McConnell.

State Senator David Givens (R) 9th district, said Obama's health care could have a much larger effect on Kentucky.

"With our state budget being about 60 percent education funding, the next largest slice of that pie is medicaid. Now, if the medicaid piece grows and the pie doesn't grow, then you're going to have to make another slice smaller. So, it has a ripple effect across all of our economies," said Givens.

Depending on the decision, you could be looking at new health care policies, and less money in other parts of Kentucky's budget.

McConnell said he expects the Supreme Court to have made a decision by the end of June.


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