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    The ACA: The Biggest Line of Crap of the Night


    The biggest line of crap on the night concerning the ACA. This is from Governing:

    Speaking before Congress, Trump quoted Matt Bevin, the Republican governor of Kentucky, as saying that "Obamacare is failing in his state." That was perhaps a pre-emptive strike against the official Democratic response to the speech, which was delivered by Steve Beshear, Bevin's Democratic predecessor who had been singled out by President Obama for praise in his 2014 State of the Union address for successfully implementing the health care law. According to Gallup, Kentucky has seen the largest drop in the rate of uninsured residents of any state since 2013, from 20.4 percent to 7.8 percent.


    Here is the Democratic response from Steve Basher previous Governor of Kentucky:

    Mr. President, as a candidate, you promised to be a champion for families struggling to make ends meet and I hope you live up to that promise. But one of your very first executive orders makes it harder for those families to even afford a mortgage.

    Then you started rolling back rules that provide oversight of the financial industry and safeguard us against another national economic meltdown. And you picked a Cabinet of billionaires and Wall Street insiders who want to eviscerate the protections that most Americans count on and that help level the playing field.

    That's not being our champion, that's being Wall Street's champion. And even more troubling, you and your Republican allies in Congress seem determined to rip affordable health insurance away from millions of Americans who most need it.

    Does the Affordable Care Act needs some repairs? Sure it does. But so far, every Republican idea to replace the Affordable Care Act would reduce the number of Americans covered, despite your promises to the contrary.

    Mr. President, folks here in in Kentucky expect you to keep your word, because this isn't a game, it’s life and death for people. These ideas promise access to care, but deny the importance of making care affordable and effective. They would charge families more for fewer benefits and put the insurance companies back in control.

    Behind these ideas is the belief that folks at the lower end of the economic ladder just don't deserve health care. That it is somehow their fault that their employer doesn't offer insurance or that they can't afford to buy expensive health plans. But just who are these 22 million Americans, including 500,000 people right here in Kentucky, who now have health care that didn't have it before?

    Look, they’re not aliens from some distant planet. They are our friends and neighbors. We sit in the bleachers with them on Friday night, we worship in the pews with them on Sunday morning. They’re farmers, restaurant workers, part-time teachers, nurses aides, construction workers and entrepreneurs working at high-tech startups. And before the Affordable Care Act, they woke up every morning and went to work, just hoping and praying they wouldn't get sick because they knew that they were just one bad diagnosis away from bankruptcy.

    You know, in 2010, this country made a commitment, that every American deserved health care they could afford and rely on, and we Democrats are going to do everything in our power to keep President Trump and the Republican Congress from reneging on that commitment. But we are going to need your help by speaking out.





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