With former governor back in spotlight, Bevin blasts Kentucky's health exchange

Justin Greene
March 2, 2017

Steve Beshear, a strong supporter of Obamacare and Medicaid expansion, will deliver the Democrats' rebuttal to the president's first address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.

In a television spot usually reserved for up-and-coming leaders of the opposition party, the Democratic Party provided a folksy, down-home approach to disagreeing with Trump and congressional Republicans on the value of Obamacare, NBC News said.

A 72-year-old white governor that's been out of office for more than a year doesn't seem like the obvious choice for the Democrats' response - especially given that their most recent presidential campaign was all about diversity and becoming "stronger together". It lowered Kentucky's uninsured rate from more than 20 percent to 7.5 percent, tied for the largest drop in the nation.

Does the Affordable Care Act needs some repairs? It was a disaster in Kentucky.

Beshear said the system does need what he called "some repairs", but that so far Republican proposals would result in fewer people being covered and families having to pay more to get less coverage.


Republicans believe lower-income people "just don't deserve health care, that it's somehow their fault" they lacked it, Beshear said.

According to the Kentucky government's Energy and Environment Cabinet's final 2016 report in conjunction with the Kentucky Coal Association, coal employment went from nearly 18,000 people in 2008 to less than 10,000 by the end of Beshear's second term.

Beshear delivered the remarks from a diner in Lexington, Kentucky.

He went on to say that the president "can and should enforce immigration laws" but that he can do this without tearing families apart and without sending away millions of refugees. "Sure it does", Beshear said. Kentucky under Beshear's leadership had a notably successful Obamacare implementation, so he was in a position to provide an upbeat Democratic message no matter what Trump did. Silva is a so-called Dreamer who came to the country at the age of five as an illegal immigrant. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, who are working to repeal the program in Congress.

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