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 While Congress debates how to move forward, one thing is clear: Obamacare must be repealed.”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.

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. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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