The Chatter: McConnell asks Akin to reconsider his candidacy; more Affordable Care Act fallout
08/20/2012 05:24 PM
Senator McConnell urges Todd Akin to ‘reconsider’ Senate race
Republican Missouri Senate Todd Akin should reconsider his candidacy in light of his controversial comments on abortion, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday.
McConnell’s statement first reported by Politico said:
“Congressman Akin’s comments were totally inexcusable. What he said is just flat wrong in addition to being wildly offensive to any victim of sexual abuse. Although Representative Akin has apologized, I believe he should take time with his family to consider whether this statement will prevent him from effectively representing our party in this critical election.”
The groundswell of GOP criticism began in the morning when Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who is in a tough re-election fight of his own, called on Akin to drop out of the race. By the afternoon, the Washington Post reported national Republicans wouldn’t help fund Akin’s effort against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Akin says no one has called him and asked him to step down, and says he doesn’t plan to leave the race.
Republican lawmakers question abortion coverage under ACA
Last week, members of the legislative health and welfare committee postponed voting on whether to sign off on the exchanges until administration officials returned with basics about how much it would cost long term and how it would work.
Their biggest complaint: Health cabinet officials weren’t able to answer many specifics.
One of the few things that was made clear in the meeting came in response to Republican Sen. Joe Bowen of Owensboro, who wanted to know whether health plans participating in the exchange would have to cover abortions.
Officials assured lawmakers the health care exchange would not require insurance plans to cover abortions. Here’s the exchange from last week’s event:
Still, state Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, released a video statement today explaining that he has pre-filed a bill that would “prevent” the governor from allowing abortions to be covered under the exchanges: http://youtu.be/TSncy4Tpy5Y
Speaking of the Affordable Care Act …
Both of Kentucky’s U.S. Senators will be participating in their first joint tea party rally against “Obamacare.”
The senators are the key speakers at a rally at the capitol at 11:30 organized by the Louisville Tea Party and Northern Kentucky Tea Party.
Paul used his Facebook page today to urge people to attend and express their opinions against the Affordable Care Act.
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