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

07/18/2013 03:21 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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