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Kentucky Democrats take victory lap as GOP replacement plan for ACA pulled in Congress

03/24/2017 06:33 PM

After years of campaigning on the promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives pulled their replacement bill from a vote as the legislation seemed doomed in Congress. Even after President Trump issued an ultimatum to Congress to either vote on a repeal and replacement bill to the Affordable Care Act on Friday, or the existing bill would stay in place — Republicans still couldn’t pick up the votes needed to... Read more 

Insure Kentucky celebrates 7th anniversary of Obamacare with U.S. House poised to vote on replacement

03/22/2017 05:39 PM

LOUISVILLE – With a crucial health-care vote looming in the U.S. House of Representatives, a coalition of Kentucky nonprofits held a celebration Wednesday of the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act’s passage. Members of Insure Kentucky also expressed their desire to see health coverage for all Americans, mirroring President Donald Trump’s stated goal in January of “insurance for everybody” in reform efforts. Rev. Mark Baridon, pastor of Louisville’s Central Presbyterian Church, said he hopes Trump and Congress make that goal... Read more 

Federal judge in Eastern District of Kentucky confirmed to U.S. Sentencing Commission

03/21/2017 04:29 PM

The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed federal Judge Danny Reeves to the U.S. Sentencing Commission with a 98-0 vote on Tuesday. Reeves, a graduate of Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law, has been on the bench in Eastern District of Kentucky since 2001, serving the federal court “with distinction,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a speech on the Senate floor. “Judge Reeves has been lauded for his steady devotion to the rule of law, for his commitment to... Read more 

Trump stumps in Louisville for health care reform ahead of crucial vote in U.S. House

03/20/2017 10:54 PM

LOUISVILLE — With a key vote on health care reform in the U.S. House of Representatives looming this week, President Donald Trump dismissed the federal health law known as Obamacare as a “complete and total catastrophe” during a rally at Freedom Hall Monday. More than 15,000 filled the arena to cheer the president, who spent part of his 40-minute speech on Republican plans for health care. Trump’s rally came less than two weeks after Vice President Mike Pence held a listening... Read more 

Paul anticipates House health bill will fail in Congress ahead of Trump visit

03/20/2017 03:28 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, is perhaps the chief Republican critic of the House GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, and Monday Paul appeared at an event in Louisville speaking on the GOP plan ahead of a visit from President Trump. Around 100 people were registered to attend Monday’s conversation with Paul at the St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce meeting in Louisville, where Paul bashed the GOP Affordable Care Act replacement plan and predicted its demise... Read more 

No protests, but Congressman Andy Barr defends GOP plans on health care, budget in Richmond

03/18/2017 08:21 PM

RICHMOND — With the U.S. House of Representatives expected to vote soon on Republican efforts to repeal and replace the federal health law known as Obamacare, Congressman Andy Barr faced several skeptics on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus Saturday. More than 150 gathered for Barr’s “Coffee with your Congressman” stop in Richmond, where he went to bat for Republican plans on health care as well as President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, although he expressed some concerns for Trump’s cuts to programs like... Read more 

Trump's first budget proposal will "have a hard time getting much traction" in Congress, Yarmuth says

03/17/2017 03:26 PM

Congressman John Yarmuth, the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, says he sees a difficult path ahead for President Donald Trump’s “ignorant” budget proposal unveiled Thursday. Yarmuth, D-Louisville, spoke at a news conference Friday morning with other House Democrats to share their misgivings about cuts in Trump’s proposed spending plan. He said the draft budget shows “an incredible lack of knowledge about the way people live and about the value and success of many of the investments and programs that... Read more 

Vice President Pence will discuss Affordable Care Act replacement plan on Saturday in Louisville

03/10/2017 10:59 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTION FROM GOV. BEVIN — Vice President Mike Pence will participate in a discussion on health care with small business owners and job creators in Louisville on Saturday, according to the White House. The Vice President will be joined by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, to hear from local small businesses convening at Harshaw Trane of Trane Parts and Distribution Center. Pence is expected to discuss President Trump’s economic agenda, the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act,... Read more 

Attorney General Andy Beshear gives glimpse into Gov. Steve Beshear's response to Trump

02/24/2017 04:03 PM

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, the son of former Gov. Steve Beshear, expects his father will focus on the Commonwealth when he delivers the Democratic Party’s rebuttal to President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. “If you’ve ever watched my dad, former Gov. Steve Beshear, you know he takes every opportunity to shine the brightest and best light on Kentucky,” he said in an interview with Spectrum News. “Places in the world that have never heard... Read more 

Fmr. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will deliver Democrats response to Trump's Tuesday speech

02/24/2017 10:25 AM

UPDATED: Kentucky’s former Governor Steve Beshear will deliver the Democratic Party response to President Donald Trump’s speech on Tuesday. Trump is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress and deliver his vision and policy agenda for the United States on Tuesday evening. Gov. Beshear drew applause from President Barack Obama after the 2013 roll out of the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky. Beshear attended Obama’s State of the Union address in January of 2014. In a tweet sent after the... Read more 

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