By Senator McConnell
This week marks the two-year anniversary of the President's health care law - - a law that according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office will lead to higher costs and hundreds of thousands of fewer jobs over the next decade. Senator McConnell spoke on the floor of the Senate about what Obamacare really does. He said:
"Two and a half years ago, the President said his health care plan would "slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government.' Yet the Obama administration itself now admits total spending on health care will increase by $311 billion dollars under the President's health care bill. According to the CBO, it increases net federal health spending and subsides on health care by $390 billion dollars. And it drives up premiums on families by $2,100 per year."
He continued: "Americans wanted to lower costs and have more control of their health care decisions and they got the opposite instead. They wanted lower premiums. They got higher premiums. They wanted a government that lives within its means and they got a new entitlement instead. They wanted more options. They got fewer. They wanted better care. It's going to be worse."
Impact on Kentucky
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Senator McConnell also highlighted Obamacare's impact on Kentucky. He said: "In my own state of Kentucky, an estimated 387,000 more people will be forced into Medicaid -- at a time when Kentucky's Medicaid program is already facing large deficits just trying to provide benefits to current Medicaid recipients.
"As a result of this law, more than 1 million Kentuckians, or 29 percent of the state's population, will soon be on Medicaid. Kentucky's governor -- a Democrat -- is on record saying he has no idea how Kentucky will meet its responsibilities if this law forces several hundred thousand more people into the state's Medicaid program. The math just doesn't add up. And this is just one example of how the law is unsustainable."
Senator McConnell Marks 2-Year Anniversary of Obamacare
On Friday, Senator McConnell held a press conference to mark the 2nd anniversary of Obamacare. Click the image below to watch.
Click HERE to read an op-ed by Senator McConnell that appeared today in the Courier-Journal.
Click HERE to read an op-ed by Senator McConnell that appeared in the National Review Online.
Senator McConnell Receives 2012 Distinguished Community Health Leadership Award
Senator McConnell met with Kentuckians representing the National Associations of Community Health Centers to discuss increasing access to primary care for low-income individuals. The group presented Senator McConnell with their 2012 Distinguished Community Health Leadership Award and thanked him for his leadership in support of family health clinics, which offer free or inexpensive health care services to over a quarter-million Kentuckians who otherwise might not have access to care.
Senator McConnell Introduces Legislation to Block DOL Farm Labor Rule
On Wednesday, Senator McConnell joined several of his Senate colleagues in introducing legislation to prevent the Department of Labor from enacting its proposed regulations to restrict youth under 18 from working on family farms.
Senator McConnell said: "Many farmers believe it's insulting to suggest that they would put their kids at risk and that the government is needed to step in to regulate their family life. The informed, common-sense decisions of parents should take precedence over those of unelected bureaucrats thousands of miles away. Family farming is a tradition in Kentucky and these proposals set a dangerous precedent for the federal government's intrusion into family matters."
Click HERE to read an article about the issue.
Visiting the Nation's Capital
Spring Break is right around the corner and the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom! If you're planning a trip to Washington, DC, please check out Senator McConnell's website or visit his office while you are in town. We have information on tours, places to visit and local restaurants to help make your trip to the nation's capital one to remember.
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