Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

October 9, 2012

Senator McConnell speaks to Caverna Memorial Hospital employees

By AMANDA LOVIZA VICKERY
Glasgow Daily Times

HORSE CAVE — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., met with community members and hospital employees at Caverna Memorial Hospital on Tuesday morning to discuss problems with the Affordable Care Act and what healthcare providers are facing in the current political climate.

McConnell addressed about 25 people in a small room inside the hospital. It was the 31st hospital town hall meeting he has conducted in the last year and a half, McConnell said, in an effort to “interact with people who are providing healthcare in hospitals of all sizes.”

The first problem with the Affordable Care Act is that it was not a bipartisan effort, according to McConnell. Major social legislation has traditionally passed through bipartisan efforts, McConnell said, but President Barack Obama had a super majority of Democrats at the beginning of his term and could get his healthcare bill passed the way he wanted.

“The temptation when you have complete control is you can do it just the way you want to,” McConnell said. “They made, in my view, a critical mistake in deciding to ram this through.”

 

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