Guthrie: While Repealing ObamaCare May Not Happen, Major Changes Likely to Come

Nov 22, 2013

Rep. Brett Guthrie (right) speaks to a Bowling Green area businessman Friday.
Credit Kevin Willis

Kentucky's Second District Congressman believes the problems with the rollout of Obamacare make it more likely major changes will be made to the law.

Bowling Green Republican Brett Guthrie is sponsoring a ten-point bill that includes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Speaking Friday to a gathering of area business leaders, Guthrie said while a repeal isn't likely, the public is getting a glimpse of the problems related to greater government involvement in health care.

Guthrie also said Republicans missed an opportunity to highlight those points when the federal government was shut down.

"I think what would have been better for us, as the government shutdown was happening is not just, ‘let’s repeal Obamacare, and if not the government shuts down.’ Why don’t we say, ‘here’s our alternative to address people in the insurance market that are being priced out of the market without affecting it for everybody else.'”

Guthrie is also calling for an increase in the tax credit given to businesses for research and development activities, and an expansion of offshore oil and gas production.

Such an expansion is opposed by environmentalists due to the fear of oil spills, like the one caused by the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico.