EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMcConnell Criticizes Health Care Reform In Hospital Visit
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Reported by: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Aug. 16, 2013 9:22 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 17, 2013 8:19 PM EDT
Ashland , Boyd County , Kentucky
The Tri-State area became the center of the healthcare reform debate this week as U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell held a town hall event at Our Lady of Bellefonte hospital in Ashland.
McConnell focused on what he believes are the problems with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare.
At least one hospital in Ashland just announced layoffs, and cited the act as the reason for their financial problems.
However, OLBH’s CEO said the hospital fully supports the act, but he thinks it is important to listen to McConnell's views.
Nancy Mead is one person excited to see the act kick in.
"Well, I need insurance,” she said. “With what I’m going through right now, I have no medical insurance."
Mead was at the hospital with her husband, who was in the emergency room.
She said while the act might make things tough for the healthcare industry, she disagrees with McConnell, and can’t wait for more benefits to start.
"It’s great,” she said. “There are a lot of people like me, we have no insurance at all.”
The individual mandate or requirement to buy health coverage starts next year.
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was talking about President Obama’s health care reform plan, which is starting to go into effect.
McConnell, the minority leader in the Senate, was at Our Lady of Bellefonte hospital Friday, evening speaking about what he believes are problems with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as “Obamacare.”
While neighboring hospitals have cited the act as a reason for financial problems, Bellefonte said they are in support.
However, hospital representatives said they thought it was important to listen to McConnell's views.
"Were a Catholic facility, so we support Obamacare, or supporting those in need all comers,” OLBH CEO Kevin Halter said. “But, as he pointed out, nothing’s perfect."
McConnell took several questions from hospital staff members, but not the media.
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