Congressmen Conduct Affordable Care Act Hearing In Lexington

Congressmen Conduct Affordable Care Act Hearing In Lexington

A House Subcommittee listened to local business owners express uncertainty and fear about the law.
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The capitol came to Kentucky. 

A House Subcommittee met in Lexington to hear how the Affordable Care Act is affecting job creation.

Representative Andy Barr campaigned against the Affordable Care Act, and in congress he has spoken out against the law. 

His efforts helped bring the committee hearing to Lexington.

Kentucky ranks as one of the least healthy states in the country, and about 1/6 Kentuckians don't have health insurance. 

A local business owner says the ACA will make things worse.

"I never ever dreamed that I would live to see the day when my own government would work day and night to put me out of business," said Janey Moores, CEO of BJM & Associates. 

Barr wanted other congressmen to hear this.

"I'm doing exactly what the people of the 6th congressional district have told me to do.  One of the reasons why we're holding this hearing is because I've heard concerns that they have about sky rocketing premiums," said Rep. Andy Barr, (R)-Kentucky.

Moores said her health insurance will cost 90% more, because of the Affordable Care Act.

Democratic Representative John Yarmuth says we don't know for sure what rates are going to be. 

Moores called the law unconstitutional, and spoke about it as a hypothetical.

"We'll see full implementation next year.  That's inevitable.  So, debating whether the bill, the law is in effect, whether it's constitutional, or not seems silly," said Rep. Yarmuth (D)-Kentucky.

Yarmuth says he wants advice on how to improve the law.  Early on, listening became a challenge.

The crowd laughed, cheered, and booed receiving three separate warnings that it was a hearing, and not a town hall.  Rikka Wallin was one of the ones making noise.

"I'm tired of them just being able to say whatever they want and get away with it, without backing it up with any truths, or without any...Where are the facts," asked Wallin.

She says, because of the ACA, she will be able to get insurance through Medicaid.

Barr says the law is bad for Kentucky, and bad for the economy.  He wants to repeal it.  So far, the law has survived about 40 repeal votes.
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