WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue August 21, 2012
Kentucky's U.S. Senators Renew Calls to Repeal President's Health Plan
Kentucky’s two U.S. Senators say they both want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but wouldn’t elaborate on reforms to replace the measure. The senators headlined a Tea Party rally held today in Frankfort.
This was Senator Mitch McConnell’s biggest Tea Party event to date, and his message wasn’t a surprise. Both he and Senator Rand Paul rallied the crowd around the idea of repealing the federal health care law, which they call "Obamacare."
Paul says even though the Supreme Court ruled most of the Affordable Care Act constitutional—including the individual mandate that nearly everyone purchase health insurance—he disagrees.
“Even my wife said to me, she said 'please can’t you count to 10 before you respond.' But you know what? I’ve had time to count to 10 and I still think the whole damn thing is unconstitutional,” Paul says.
Paul says he wants to not only repeal the law, but replace it. In his speech, he cited unspecific market reforms and affordable health care for all.
“When we get in charge, we are going to repeal Obamacare and replace it with market reforms, with a health care system that will provide health care for everyone at a reasonable cost,” he says.
Paul didn’t elaborate on those reforms during his speech. He and McConnell left before the rally was finished and did not take questions from reporters.