Vice President Pence will discuss Affordable Care Act in Lexington on Wednesday

07/11/2017 10:39 AM

UPDATED: With the replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act still in question in the United States Senate Vice President Mike Pence will visit Lexington on Wednesday to discuss the future of health care.

Pence is expected to meet with small business owners and local job creators to talk about replacing the ACA, according to a White House advisory sent Tuesday.

The former Indiana governor will be joined by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Lexington, and U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, will participate in a listening session with leaders in the community whose businesses and employees have been adversely affected by Obamacare.

The events are not open to the public, but Pence is expected to make remarks to the media following the event in Lexington.

“We are very excited Vice President Pence is coming to Lexington to talk about health care reform,” Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Mac Brown said. “Obamacare is in a downward spiral, driving up premiums and costing Kentuckians jobs. Medicaid is threatening to bankrupt our state budget. While Congress debates how to move forward, one thing is clear: Obamacare must be repealed.”

Meanwhile the Kentucky Democratic Party spokesman Brad Bowman said there’s a reason the bill is faltering in the Senate.

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can’t rally support among fellow Senate Republicans for this bill for a reason: 22 million more Americans are projected to lose their existing health care coverage with the passage of this bill, according to a June 26 report by the Congressional Budget Office,” Bowman said in a statement. “We welcome Vice President Mike Pence to speak constructively with vulnerable Kentuckians who stand to lose the most instead of having Rep. Andy Barr and Gov. Matt Bevin carry his water for him in Lexington tomorrow.”

This is the second official visit to Kentucky from Pence to talk about health care. Pence previously visited the bluegrass state in March when he visited with small business owners in Jeffersontown before promoting the GOP health care plan.

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