Vice President Pence will discuss Affordable Care Act replacement plan on Saturday in Louisville

03/10/2017 10:59 AM

UPDATED WITH REACTION FROM GOV. BEVIN — Vice President Mike Pence will participate in a discussion on health care with small business owners and job creators in Louisville on Saturday, according to the White House.

The Vice President will be joined by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, to hear from local small businesses convening at Harshaw Trane of Trane Parts and Distribution Center.

Pence is expected to discuss President Trump’s economic agenda, the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, and the American Health Care Act. The Vice President will conclude his visit with formal remarks.

The Kentucky event is part of a pitch from the White House to lawmakers in Congress to support the Republican House of Representatives health care replacement plan.

Gov. Bevin spoke with members of the media in Frankfort on Friday, and said that the Affordable Care Act is not working well in Kentucky.

“While we’ve enrolled a lot of people, we haven’t made people healthier, we really have not. Nor are we on track to do it. We are on track to break the system,” Bevin said.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, has been critical of the plan promoted by Trump.

Trump recently tweeted at Paul, saying “I feel sure that my friend @RandPaul will come along with the new and great health care program because he knows Obamacare is a disaster!”

Paul has promised to vote against a plan if it reaches the U.S. Senate, calling the replacement “Obamacare lite. The Bowling Green Republican has filed his own Affordable Care Act replacement plan.

Paul has described his bill as having three main functions including: repealing the mandates to “legalize the sale of inexpensive insurance,” expanding health savings accounts; and creating large association health plans by clearing statutes preventing disparate groups from negotiating together.

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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