Each Tuesday in October leading up to the Nov. 4 election, the Herald-Leader will ask the candidates for U.S. Senate and the 6th Congressional District to take a stand on issues important to Kentucky voters.
Question: Should Congress repeal the Affordable Care Act? If so, what should happen to more than 500,000 Kentuckians who obtained Medicaid or private health insurance through it?
Alison Lundergan Grimes
The law is not perfect. I will work to fix it. Repealing the bill would take away insurance that more than 500,000 Kentuckians have been able to obtain for the first time. I will always put 500,000 Kentuckians before partisan Washington politics.
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I’d repeal Obamacare and replace it with reforms that actually lower costs and preserve options for Kentucky families. This law has thrown tens of thousands of Kentuckians off of their health care insurance, complicated access to their own doctor, and cut Medicare in the process.
Governor Beshear created a chicken-and-egg problem by implementing Obamacare without approval or funding from the General Assembly. This problem is coming to Kentucky, either way. Kentucky needs solutions. It’s outside the scope of my campaign to provide those, but I know people who can.
Obamacare should be repealed. Its mandates increase costs, compromise quality and reduce choices for insurers, hospitals and doctors. Obamacare should be replaced with solutions like my bipartisan medical malpractice reform legislation and the American Healthcare Reform Act that expand coverage, improve care and lower costs.
Congress shouldn’t deny Medicaid coverage or repeal Kynect, Governor Beshear’s hugely successful implementation of the ACA covering 35,000 previously uninsured in this district, giving all Kentuckians coverage that can’t be denied for preexisting conditions or lifetime caps, creating 17,000 Kentucky jobs and a healthier workforce.