The former Kentucky governor tapped to deliver the Democrat’s rebuttal to Donald Trump’s Tuesday night address to Congress called out the president for trying to repeal and replace ObamaCare, according to excerpts of his remarks released before the speech.
“Even more troubling is that you and your Republican allies in Congress seem determined to rip affordable health insurance away from millions of Americans who most need it,” former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said, pressing the president to provide details of claims he has made about providing health care “access” to all Americans.
“So far, every Republican idea to ‘replace’ the Affordable Care Act would reduce the number of Americans covered, despite promises to the contrary,” Beshear said.
Beshear also took aim at the costs associated with overhauling the health care plan.
“They would charge families more for fewer benefits and put insurance companies back in control,” he claimed.
“Behind these ideas is the belief that folks at the lower end of the economic ladder just don’t deserve health care –that it’s somehow their fault that their employer doesn’t offer insurance or that they can’t afford to buy expensive health plans.”
Beshear is best known for implementing the Affordable Care Act – or ObamaCare – in Kentucky.
Under Beshear and ObamaCare, Kentucky’s uninsured rate fell to 7.5 percent from 20 percent. The governor’s former chief of staff Jim Cauley says ObamaCare gave health care access to a half million Kentuckians.
Democratic lawmakers have found themselves in the middle of a major push by Republicans to repeal the health care law. Democrats have urged constituents to attend Republican town halls, hold rallies and highlight ObamaCare success stories.