Thursday, June 21, 2018

Bevin featured at Washington event to unveil Obamacare repeal-and-replace effort; leaves door open to challenging McConnell

Bevin on CNBC, where he disagreed with Sen.
McConnell's view about tariffs on bourbon.
Most congressional Republicans appear to have give up, at least for now, on the idea of repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which they usually call Obamacare. But Gov. Matt Bevin, who may harbor aspirations to be a congressional Republican, went to Washington June 20 to help announce a new plan to repeal and replace the law.

Bevin "is spearheading a drive to get Congress to take another stab at revoking the 2010 law," Lesley Clark reports for the Washington Bureau of McClatchy Newspapers, which includes the Lexington Herald-Leader.

"Promises have been made, and this is something the American people need and want," Bevin said at a forum sponsored by the Galen Institute, "which unveiled an effort to repeal and replace Obamacare," Clark reports. "The plan would eliminate the act's Medicaid expansion and the subsidies that allow people to buy coverage would be converted into block grants for states."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans "turned to taxes after the collapse last year of their effort to repeal Obamacare" last summer, Clark notes. "McConnell has said he wants the Senate to spend this summer working on spending bills and presidential nominees."

Clark asked Bevin if he had spoken with McConnell about the proposal. The governor said he talks regularly with both senators and the congressional delegation on a regular basis, but wouldn't discuss those conversations. However, he said, "At times my sense of urgency is different than some of those with whom I'm speaking."

"Bevin did not rule out a bid against McConnell," Clark reports. When she asked him about that, he said, "No, I'm worried about being governor. I'm the governor, that's my focus." But he added, "There is a dearth of leadership everywhere in politics, including in this town," adding that many "traipse around under the guise of leadership. Maybe it's even part of their title."

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