Grimes criticizes Affordable Care Act and Republicans for repeatedly trying to repeal it

07/18/2013 04:21 PM

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes on Thursday said in her first encounter with reporters in 17 days that she found “many things that are wrong” with the Affordable Care Act but blasted Republicans for their approach to the law.

The U.S. House voted Thursday for the 38th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And Grimes said rather than wasting time and taxpayer money for one chamber to keep trying to repeal it, Congress should be focusing on ways to improve the health care system.

Grimes said as secretary of state she has concerns about “the effects on small businesses” but did not go into detail and cut off the Q and A with reporters before answering how she would vote in an up-or-down vote on whether to repeal the law.

Grimes, who first announced she would run for the chance to challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell on July 1, also criticized the president on his policies toward Kentucky’s coal industry.

Here’s the full exchange between reporters and Grimes:

Before pausing to talk with reporters after her speech to a conference in Louisville for Kentucky magistrates, commissioners and judge-executives, Grimes hadn’t made a public appearance since that July 1 announcement in Frankfort.

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  • Steve Everett wrote on July 18, 2013 05:28 PM :

    Why would a reporter ask someone running for Senate in 2014 if they would vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act? This passed the Senate several years ago and is never going to be back for a vote in the Senate.

    Also why do some many in the media keep asking her about legislation that has already been passed in Congress and been passed in the Judicial Branch? Anyone in the media whose employer hasn’t already stopped paying for their insurance is very likely to have their employer stop paying in the near future.

    Small business and self employed private contractors are the future of this nation. The federal government has no choice but to oversee that all have access to affordable care and encourage healthy diets and lifestyles which could cut overall heath care costs for the nation in half.

    PS to CN/2. Wish there was a way to subscribe by email to replies and comments on posts. An example from another forum I read is at http://www.dpreview.com/forums/. They have a simple “subscribe to” option for each post. Thanks : ) and really enjoy your coverage of politics. Best in Kentucky in my opinion.

  • Chris Hightower wrote on July 18, 2013 08:21 PM :

    You can’t win an election running scared.

  • Dee W. wrote on July 20, 2013 11:45 AM :

    Steve, legislation does not get “passed” by the judicial branch.

    Second of all, your assessment of the “Affordable” Care Act has no basis in reality. It is falling apart before it even gets implemented. “The federal government has no choice but to oversee that all have access to affordable care and encourage healthy diets and lifestyles which could cut overall heath care costs for the nation in half.” – really? How does halting the construction of new hospitals in an aging population that needs many more medical facilities, not fewer, accomplish this task? How does forcing employers to drop health insurance at an alarming rate accomplish this task? How does forcing doctors out of the practice (again, when we need more doctors, not fewer) supposed to accomplish this task? How does causing employees who could afford their own health insurance to lose it because their hours got cut accomplish this task? How does keeping people from being able to get jobs in the first place that will never be created directly because of this horrific legislation accomplish this task? Etc.

  • Dee W. wrote on July 20, 2013 11:51 AM :

    Anyway…about Grimes:

    “The U.S. House voted Thursday for the 38th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And Grimes said rather than wasting time and taxpayer money for one chamber to keep trying to repeal it, Congress should be focusing on ways to improve the health care system.”

    Repealing Obamacare and improving the health care system are one and the same. The focus should then be on how an environment can be created to both increase the quantity and quality of health CARE, not just “insurance.” Having a health insurance policy doesn’t mean much if a doctor’s office or hospital can’t see you, or isn’t there at all. Obamacare is a corporatist policy simply designed to protect corporate fiefdoms and interests…they wrote the bill. They may have less money because of it, but the bill protects them from any competitors popping up to challenge their position and halted the trend toward physician owned hospitals in its tracks which challenged the virtual corporate monopolies that exist today and the law codified these monopolies.

  • Waybert17 wrote on July 20, 2013 11:08 PM :

    One wishes that Grimes would tell us what she thinks is “wrong” with ObamaCare…and what she would do to fix it. Instead,I guess this is going to be the message for the whole of the Grimes campaign, we get the same typical behavior of a politician attacking others for their solutions to problems, but not offering any solutions of her own.

  • Steve Everett wrote on July 21, 2013 12:47 AM :

    “Steve, legislation does not get “passed” by the judicial branch”

    Dee, I was referring to the U.S. Supreme Court or Secret Court as I prefer to call them and their 5-4 vote. Sorry to confuse you.

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