The Affordable Care Act in Kentucky

We're tracking how the Affordable Care Act will affect Kentuckians as it's implemented in the coming months and years. 

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Politics
5:30 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

C-J's James Carroll Says Health Care Will Be Big Campaign Issue; Economy Bigger

Thursday's Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act came as a shock to many, who expected the High Court to declare it unconstitutional. James Carroll covers the Capitol for the Courier-Journal, and he joined us Friday on Byline to talk about reactions to the decision. 

 

Politics
2:00 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Yarmuth Tells GOP to Read Health Care Law

Speaking on the House floor Friday, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., suggested Republican lawmakers have not read the Affordable Care Act and accused them of misleading Americans about President Obama's health care overhaul.

Check it out (h/t FatLip):

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Politics
3:08 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Pence Compares Health Care Ruling to 9/11 Attacks

Indiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence compared the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the Affordable Care Act to the terrorist attacks of September 11.

The comment was reportedly made during a a closed door GOP meeting, according to Politico.

The conservative congressman quickly apologized.

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Politics
12:29 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Paul Dimisses SCOTUS, Health Care Ruling

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., dismissed the role of the Supreme Court in disagreeing with the high court's ruling to uphold President Obama's health care law.

From Paul's office:

 “Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional. While the court may have erroneously come to the conclusion that the law is allowable, it certainly does nothing to make this mandate or government takeover of our health care right,” Sen. Paul said.

Politics
12:03 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Yarmuth Predicts SCOTUS Will Uphold Health Care Law

U.S. Congress

Congressman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., believes the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act.

The justices are expected to rule on President Obama’s chief legislative accomplishment on Thursday to determine whether the law is constitutional. According to polling, at least 37 percent of Americans want the law struck down while other surveys show 35 percent want it upheld.

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Politics
5:42 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

D'oh: Mourdock Accidentally Releases Reaction to Every SCOTUS Health Care Law Ruling

The campaign for Republican Senate Richard Mourdock accidently released the Indiana state treasurer's various reactions to the Supreme Court's possible rulings on President Obama's health care law.

The videos were briefly posted to YouTube before the Mourdock campaign yanked them, but not before media outlets were able to repost his different versions to the high court upholding or striking down the Affordable Care Act.

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Politics
5:59 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Wicker Pounces on Yarmuth Over Medical Device Tax

Republican congressional candidate Brooks Wicker called on Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth to vote against the medical device tax in the president’s healthcare law on Thursday. 

The Affordable Care Act includes a 2.3 percent tax on certain devices to pay for the legislation with an anticipated $29 billion over the next decade. Despite a veto threat from President Obama, the GOP-controlled House passed legislation to repeal the fee by a 241-to-173 vote.

Supporters of the repeal cite a study from the healthcare industry that warns about higher prices and the loss of  manufacturing jobs.

Speaking in front of Humana Inc., Wicker told a handful of supporters the tax makes pacemakers and knee replacements more expensive, and Yarmuth needs to explain his support of President Obama’s law.

"I’m calling on him to explain to the citizens of the Third District why he continues to support legislation– Obamacare—which the overwhelming number of people in this community do not support,” he says.

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Politics
12:40 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Beshear Says Early Work Has Begun on Health Insurance Exchange

Kentucky Governor's Office

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says early work has begun on the state's health insurance exchange.

Under the Affordable Care Act, states must build online marketplaces where residents can compare insurance plans and prices. If states don't, the federal government will run the exchanges. Beshear has promised to sign an executive order implementing the exchange if the Supreme Court rules the ACA is constitutional, but he says the state is already preparing for that outcome.

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Politics
4:07 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Beshear Will Enact Key Part of Healthcare Law if Court Upholds It

A key part of the Affordable Care Act will be implemented by executive order in Kentucky if the healthcare law is upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Exchanges in which residents can purchase insurance are a major part of the law. Each state must have an exchange, and if states don't set them up, the federal government will.

Governor Steve Beshear says he will sign an executive order to create a state-run exchange if the law is upheld.

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Local News
1:27 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Affordable Care Act Will Help Expand Family Health Centers

Family Health Centers in Louisville will expand under provisions in the federal healthcare overhaul law.

The Affordable Care Act includes funding for grants to community health centers. Family Health Centers will receive $5.3 million dollars under the act to treat more patients. The bulk of the funds will be used to move an east Broadway clinic and expand it to three times its current size. A portion of the money will also be used to renovate a clinic that cares for the homeless.

 

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