McConnell hates Obamacare but does he think any piece of it can work?

11/12/2013 03:51 PM

While U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has faced criticism from the right for not doing enough to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he clearly is using “Obamacare” to put pressure on his chief Democratic rival, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

McConnell called reporters to his Louisville campaign headquarters Tuesday to outline his laundry list of concerns and criticisms with the health care law — and only take questions about that topic.

He did outline some of the alternative changes to the health care system he would have liked to have seen, including creating a high-risk insurance pool for those with pre-existing conditions and allowing insurance companies to compete across state lines.

McConnell spent 10 minutes outlining why he believes the law will fail Americans and spent 10 minutes taking questions and selectively answering them. Here’s what came out of the press availability:

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  • viewer wrote on November 12, 2013 04:34 PM :

    I would like to see Mitch and the GOP come out and say that they are for pre-existing health conditions being covered, keeping children on health insurance until the age of 24, and insurance companies have to spend at least 80% on health care claims. If the GOP came out and said that they would leave these things in, then they could start negotiations all over for the rest of the plan. The public would be satisfied. I don’t see anyway that this ACA is going to work the way it is set up now, but before the GOP starts smiling and pointing fingers; we are the ones who will get most of the blame for the failure.

    Healthcare has a lot of problems. The administrations and insurance companies are running everything. The doctors and patients are playing second fiddle to profits. These administrating offices in all the hospitals are filled with top-heavy salaries, and they have nothing to do with healthcare except moving numbers around. We need truth in billing; where all hospitals bill the same. There are 5 hospitals in Lexington with 5 different charges for services. We have to bring common sense and transparency into the healthcare trade.

    Saying Obama lied is not going to work even if there is truth in it. People want solutions going forward. To my GOP friends, you need to get in there and show that you have some ideas instead of just sitting back and pointing fingers. The viewer.

  • tony wrote on November 13, 2013 06:30 AM :

    I want the health care Dick Cheney has. If the GOP worked as hard helping things work as they do to make sure they fail we would all be better off.

  • viewer wrote on November 13, 2013 07:52 AM :

    What makes U.S. health care so overpriced ? It’s not what you think. Maggie Fox. . This is a good read if you get time. The viewer

  • tony wrote on November 13, 2013 02:04 PM :

    Yep, the main hospital in our area(and they have bought up every other facility) just charged $14,000 for an outpatient surgery that was less than an hour. Across the river in Ohio the same surgery was less than half that. I don’t know how a monopoly that rakes in fees like that can continue to claim to be non-profit. In addition the wages of the few full time nurses there are less than they were a few years ago and their work load double. Of course the top dogs are raking in the big bucks and crying about the government. I think it’s time the government cleaned up the hospitals and the insurance companies.

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