U.S. Sen. Rand Paul makes stop in Louisville to discuss repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act

02/22/2017 02:31 PM

LOUISVILLE — Mere miles from where U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was being hounded by protestors Kentucky’s junior U.S. Sen. Rand Paul strolled into a meeting without small business leaders to discuss repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

The stop was Paul’s third this week meeting with groups to talk about the national health care law, and the repeal and replacement, which he says will come in the next month from Congress.

Paul, a Bowling Green eye surgeon, is promoting a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare — the former President’s signature achievement in office.

Around 15 members of the National Federation of Independent Businesses attended the event at the Flynn Group in Louisville to talk with Paul about the federal health care law, and their thoughts on how to go about tweaking the health care law and insurance system.

Paul’s has called on Congress to repeal the law and replace it on the same day. His replacement plan consists of elements from a number of conservatives.

As he describes it the bill has three main functions including: repealing the mandates to “legalize the sale of inexpensive insurance,” the bill would also expand health savings accounts; third Paul wants to create large association health plans by clearing statutes preventing disparate groups from negotiating together.

As Paul was speaking there were protestors hounding McConnell and Congressman Andy Barr in Mt. Sterling over the proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act and other legislation, and issues in Washington D.C.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Paul answered why he felt it was necessary to repeal the law.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand.Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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