Grimes says her problems with Obamacare are regulations and employer mandate

08/02/2013 09:34 PM

GILBERTSVILLE — Regulations and the mandate that large employers must offer health insurance to employees are the specific problems Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes says she has with the Affordable Care Act.

Speaking briefly to reporters before addressing Democratic activists at the Marshall County Bean Supper on Friday, Grimes outlined her specific concerns with the law, also known as Obamacare, for the first time after saying repeatedly in speeches that she has problems with the law.

She told reporters Friday evening that specifically she was concerned about: – over burdensome regulations – its regulatory impact on businesses – and the employer mandate.

She added that she would prefer incentives for businesses to provide insurance – not a requirement.

One good problem, she said is that it will require more primary care physicians to accommodate the additional Kentuckians who will have health coverage because of the law.

Grimes took three questions from reporters before going into the dinner hall to prepare to speak. Two were about the Affordable Care Act and one about her plan to balance the budget.

On that last point, she said she wants Congress to cut waste and prioritize spending but offered no specifics.

After her answer to that question she said she was being called onto the stage and she and her aides left the small room adjacent to the dinner hall. In fact, state Auditor Adam Edelen was next to speak and Grimes stood in the entryway talking with supporters for several minutes before even walking into the room.

Grimes delivered a similar speech to the one she gave Friday afternoon to union members in which she criticized McConnell.

She mentioned former Kentucky Democratic U.S. Sens. Alben Barkley and Wendell Ford, who were “giants.”

“Sen. Mitch McConnel is not one of them,” she said. “With your help we can change that.”

Here’s her full speech:


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