Being in the minority doesn't mean being silent, House GOP leader says

11/23/2010 07:17 PM

While it’s at times frustrating to be in the in political minority, Rep. Bob DeWeese — the House Republican caucus chairman — said the members of the House GOP still plan to affect policy.

“We approach it with the idea of ‘let’s see what they want to do,’” he said of the Democratic majority. “Sometimes we can support some of the things … and work together on. Sometimes we cannot.”

DeWeese, a doctor from Louisville, also weighed in on the health care reform bill Congress passed in March.

And he talked about the problems facing the state’s Medicaid program. Like many lawmakers, DeWeese said the Passport program in Louisville has done a good job in providing care to the poor and disabled in Jefferson County and 15 surrounding counties.

(The interview was recorded before a state audit of the program was released showing excessive spending on travel, lobbying and salaries as well as extra payments to the program’s founding hospitals.)

DeWeese, through a spokesman, said he was very disappointed by the revelations. But he said the managed care approach still could be an option — with the proper financial oversight.

Part 2 of the interview including more of DeWeese’s thoughts on how to address the Medicaid program:


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