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The one question to the question of Medicaid and where we stand with this in Kentucky. At the moment and in the recent past here then a couple a lot of things being said . One of them that the 480,000 people approximately who are on the expansion of of Medicaid or optional that didn’t go over well . Where do we stand on this because the Governor wanted to do certain things that hasn’t happened . So what do we really stand right now .
We’re still in a wait and see mode. Basically , but the federal judge in Washington DC has blocked Governor Bevan proposed reforms which would have required some Medicaid recipients to have a job or volunteer in order to keep their benefits and also to pay monthly premiums now that what’s happening now is the state is trying to get its waiver its permission to do these things re-approved because the basically the judge said they didn’t use the right process to get the waiver approved they didn’t consider all the factors they should have considered namely they did not consider the impact of that , it would have on the thousands of people who would lose their insurance . So they’re going through the whole process again and trying . They believe that they have a way that they can go through this process again that would satisfy the judge so that the waiver would then be allowed to to be put in place .
What do they have to demonstrate in that situation. I mean , if people are there . The goal is to get a significant number of people off of the Medicaid rolls , so .
Well , that was the goal originally you went Governor Bev and members of his administration , said their goal that they wanted to shrink Medicaid because they wanted to take people off Medicaid not to have them have no insurance , but their goal was to move them into private insurance , and they wanted to create a program that they they view as sort of like a training ground training people on what it’s like to have private insurance and then move them off into private insurance. They’ve they’ve constant change their tune on now saying , you know , the goal is not to shrink Medicaid . I think for the very reason because they know that they’re having problems with the judge who says that by doing that they’re having you know if they’re not taking into regard that the impact it will have on people . If they’ve got to lose back was which brings us to the secretary Adam Meyer is Governor Bourbons Health and Family Services secretary was testifying to lawmakers in him . He made the quote that you referenced earlier that the Medicaid expansion population is an optional population and what he meant by that is that that the medical federal law requires Medicaid to cover certain people there are other populations that it is an option to cover them in the state can decide whether they want to cover them or not . The expanded population is called technically an optional population in the sense that the state is not required to cover and Adam mired Secretary Meyer was telling this to lawmakers because they were asking him about a huge deficit , a $300 million projected shortfall that the state has in its Medicaid program and for the next 2 years , and they said , what are we going to do to fix this if he said , well , we had hoped to fix it by implementing this this controversial waiver and that we would have had to save money , but if we can’t do that then we might have to consider ending the expansion because the expansion is optional , but of course some people took that to mean that the actual the people in the population were Arsenal and there are of course took great offense that .
It was not good. The one of the things that in reading a number of the articles that various people have written is that it seems that almost one 3rd of all Kentucky inns are covered by Medicaid . That is a huge percentage of the state population Daniel what you , what do you say about that . I mean that that’s just . That is , I mean that is a big coverage group .
Yeah. Is that something little high but is I don’t have the number exactly , but the when when you look at the Kentucky as a stand as a whole . I mean , there’s obviously been the NASA parts of a throughout the state , where there’s been kind of poverty issues and and when there’s been health problems . And so with the Medicaid expansion , a lot more people were able to get access to health care to Medicaid and it really increased the number of people in the state who have and and that certainly makes us one of the larger states in the country in terms of having having having a large part of the population insurances to this process .
Andy Barr our part candy bar. Yes he beams . What are the things look like in the 6th District , with Representative Andy Barr and his opponent Amy McGrath , which seems to be , though the most highly contested of the races , now we’re about 6 weeks out from the election . This is getting really down to the nitty gritty . Where does that race really stand at this point .
Well , certainly Vegas tightening you’re starting to see a lot of the negative ads flying fast and furious , especially telling is there. They’re really coming from a representative Barr’s campaign itself so what when an incumbent in a in a congressional race or any race , for that matter starts running negative ads mentioning his candidate by name . That’s a sign that the rate , the race is close . They have polling that shows the race is close because usually if the incumbent is up , they don’t want to put their opponent’s name out there at all . And so what’s been happening here lately is rep bar been airing ads basically saying that his opponent Amy McGrath supports single payer health insurance they single-payer health care system . She does not support single payer says she has been pushing back against that . And then there’s the ads from outside groups have been running ads against Representative bar , saying that he does not support veterans that he is basically taking money from the Payday lending industry which is preying on veterans and and so he’s allowing these payday living groups to take advantage of veterans and of course that’s a big issue in this race because any McGrath is a retired Marine fighter pilot , she’s a veteran herself as though he’s been pushing back on that has been sending letters to Lexington TV stations , asking them to pull these ads so that they’re really having a battle of on the airwaves . Right now , and you know we’re not going to really see the 2 of them together Mudge , I think the only opportunity we might have endangering my correct me if I’m wrong here , but the only opportunity , we’re going to have is a statewide debate , aired on Kut . The week before the election . I think that’s the only time that they’ve both agreed so far to be together to debate each other .
Daniel , is that right.
Yeah , there’s still potential for one more debate on wk way T but they neither has accepted or declined our invitation.
How has Daniel how has the McGrath support for the Affordable Care Act. Now that’s different than single single payer , but for the Affordable Care Act . She’s been very clear on that has that resonated because that’s the theme for Democratic candidates all over the United States this year , they’re really hitting home on coverage for health care . So it has that hit home in Kentucky .
Yeah. Also , that’s been her her primary issue throughout the campaign , she she’s really run on health care being heard her signature issue . A lot of that stems from the fact that Andy Barr was it was a big supporter of the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act to a point where he was coming back and doing town halls , but that legislation was being debated in Congress . He is facing a lot of really angry constituents and for all . She’s trying to really kind account flows on and that anger over the idea of having their Medicaid coverage taken away she’s made that her signature issue and it’s interesting that he chose to go after her on health care , in that same vein and tried to take her to single payer , which is much less popular at this point in a district like this National district then the Affordable Care Act , so he’s trying to take her with with a more liberal more progressive rather than her actual her actual what position of just wanting to reform the issues with the Affordable Care Act and create things like a public option , or allowing a Medicaid but Medicare by and for people who are older than 55 .
Before I let Adam and Daniel go cause you you you have to be , you have to move on to some other things , I just can’t resist raising the point that Governor Bev and gave a speech basically defining the good things about indentured servitude and how is sort of or earlier form of apprenticeship. It seemed to really tone deaf to me . I mean not to get into all the details , but seemed to really tone deaf .
Well , this has been a problem with this Governor and the the domain. I think that this stems from the fact that he does not use prepared notes he speaks of every speech he has his off the cuff , whether it is the state of the Commonwealth , or you know , speaking at a ribbon cutting and he sometimes gets ahead of himself and says things that are problematic the one becomes the before this is when you know he he famously said he’d guaranteed that teachers who were you know protesting these changes in the pension system .