Bevin: GOP opposition to Senate health care plan should be wake up call to voters

06/27/2017 01:03 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin offered his support for the Senate plan to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, but voiced his frustration with Republican members of the caucus imperiling a vote on the bill.

In an interview on “West Virginia talk radio”: http://800wvhu.iheart.com/onair/the-tom-roten-morning-show-675/gov-bevin-senate-health-plan-is-15943315/ with WVHU host Tom Roten on Tuesday, Bevin said he understood why conservative members are opposing the bill which he said wasn’t very good, still he turned his ire on “mushy moderates.”

“Why are we continuing to subsidize something that is clearly a disaster?”

“There are ridiculous numbers of hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of subsidies that are very much like those that already exist which are in this current proposal,” Bevin said. “And yet having said all that — that’s why good, thoughtful conservative people are objecting, and I don’t begrudge them that — in fact I respect that.”

Still the Republican governor went on to say that the reality is not letting perfect be the enemy of good or better.

“Frankly, we don’t have a very conservative bunch of people representing us from Washington from the respective states including from the Republican Party,” he continued. “What this should be is a powerful wake up call to the working class men and women of America who deserve and want better.”

“It should be a waken up call to them to stop electing these mushy moderate people that can’t even be marshaled when they are in the majority to doing the right thing for the taxpayer.”

There are currently five Republican members opposed to the Senate health care bill including Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul who says the bill does not go far enough in repealing the Affordable Care Act.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, can only afford to lose two GOP members and still pass the bill with Democrats united in opposition.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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