Kentucky Democratic Party's Statement on Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Lexington
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 11, 2017) – Today the Kentucky Democratic Party's spokesman Brad Bowman released the following statement in response to Vice President Mike Pence's scheduled visit to Lexington with local business owners, Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and Gov. Matt Bevin concerning the pending legislation in the Senate to replace the Affordable Care Act.
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can’t rally support among fellow Senate Republicans for thIs bill for a reason : 22 million more Americans are projected to lose their existing health care coverage with the passage of this bill, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s June 26 report.
We welcome Vice President Mike Pence to speak constructively with vulnerable Kentuckians who stand to lose the most instead of having Rep. Andy Barr and Gov. Matt Bevin carry his water for him in Lexington tomorrow.”
We stand by the great work Congressman John Yarmuth is doing in highlighting what this bill means to the 541,000 Kentuckians who will lose coverage.”
Facts and issues specific to Kentuckians health care
• Under the proposed House’s bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance cost would increase $2,804 on average for Kentuckians and more for older residents;
• About 541,000 more Kentuckians are expected to be uninsured by 2022 under the Senate health-care bill than under the ACA — an increase of 231 percent, according to a June 26 report by the Congressional Budget Office;
• Kentucky stands to lose 55,949 jobs or almost 3 percent of the state’s workforce as a result of the bill’s passage;
•Under the proposed Senate bill, an additional 22 million more Americans will lose their health coverage;
• According to the Economic Policy Institute by 2022, 85,647 jobs could be lost if a bill similar to the ACHA proposed in the U.S. House is passed;
The Kentucky Democratic Party is comprised of more than 1.68 million registered Democrats who support issues that enhance the fair treatment of all Kentuckians. Visit www.kydemocrat.com for more information.