Democratic 4th District candidate Adkins talks of protecting Medicare, disagrees with tea party

04/18/2012 08:16 AM

Bill Adkins, one of two Democrats running in the 4th Congressional District, said he believes government-payer health care system can best tackle the inefficiencies and problems and that’s the way to preserve Medicare.

“Single payer is my preference. I think that the compromise that is the buy-the-insurance mandate is an incremental move,” Adkins said (7:00).

He also said he would consider one of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s proposals — to decrease the level of benefits for seniors with the highest incomes, known as means testing.

Adkins, a Williamstown lawyer and the Grant County Democratic Party Chairman, said he decided to get into the 4th District race because he said he wanted to make sure there was a full discussion of the issues.

“We needed a Democratic presence in this race,” he said.

The district is widely considered to be a Republican stronghold, especially after adding GOP-heavy precincts in Eastern Jefferson County and in Shelby County and losing some Democratic-leaning counties in the eastern part during this spring’s redistricting process.

Adkins said of the seven Republican candidates running in the 4th District, he expects one of three candidates to emerge: Boone County Judge-Executive Gary Moore, state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington or Lewis County Judge-Executive Thomas Massie. Find out which one he thinks might give the Democrats a better chance to win the district (2:00).

Adkins also talked about his views of the tea party and it’s role in this election (3:00 to 5:30.)

He faces Greg Frank of Corinth in the May 22 Democratic primary. Adkins has raised $1,780 and has spent nearly four times that so far after loaning his campaign $5,500, according to the campaign finance report he filed with the Federal Election Commission.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.

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