Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

January 9, 2013

Bills introduced about ‘Obamacare’

FRANKFORT — Republican Sen. Julie Denton, the chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, Wednesday introduced bills requiring legislative approval before the governor can proceed with implementation of the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare.”

But even if it passes the Republican Senate, it’s unlikely to go anywhere in the Democratic-controlled House.

The law was vigorously opposed by Congressional Republicans but after a Supreme Court ruling last summer that the law is constitutional and the re-election last fall of Barack Obama and a Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate, opposition has shifted to the states, especially those with Republican governors or legislatures.

One of Denton’s bills would require legislative approval before the governor could establish a health benefit exchange, an online site for people to shop for the most affordable health care plans, often with a federal government subsidy.  If a state does not establish an exchange, then the federal government will do it for that state.

Denton’s other bill would require lawmakers’ approval before the governor could implement another provision of the ACA, to expand Medicaid rolls to cover those who still couldn’t afford health insurance, even with the subsidies.

While the Supreme Court ruled the overall law is constitutional, it ruled states cannot be compelled to expand Medicaid.

Gov. Steve Beshear has already begun establishing the health care exchange by executive order.

 He said Wednesday that all “stakeholders in Kentucky – the insurance companies, the hospitals, the chambers of commerce – everybody prefers we have a Kentucky exchange run by Kentuckians as opposed to letting Washington, D.C., come in and run the exchange.”

Denton said, however, that the actual and long- term costs for the exchange, and especially for expanding Medicaid, are unknown and “one person should not be making this decision for the people of Kentucky.”

Text Only
Local News
  • 0728bank5.jpg Gate City landmark demolished

    The historic Catlettsburg National Bank Building was being taken down after the front dormer window collapsed on Sunday.

    July 28, 2014 4 Photos

  • Local counties see drop in unemployment

    Boyd County was one of 117 counties that saw a decrease in its unemployment rate between June 2013 and June 2014.
     

    July 27, 2014

  • 0726bigboy.JPG Big Boy to open Aug. 11

    The long-awaited Frisch’s Big Boy restaurant will open Aug. 11, and when it does it will be business as usual from day one: the eatery will open its doors to the early breakfast crowd at 6:30.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • SOAR meeting at MSU Aug. 6

    Morehead State University and St. Claire Regional Medical Center will present Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers as part of a "Health Impact Series" under the new Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative.
     

    July 27, 2014

  • MSU moving business admin. program online

    Morehead State University’s School of Business Administration has announced its bachelor of business administration degree in computer information systems has moved totally online beginning the fall 2014 semester.
     

    July 27, 2014

  • Thefts, fraud reported to APD

    The following information was taken from Ashland Police Department reports:
     

    July 27, 2014

  • Raceland couple join Peace Corps

    A couple from Raceland will travel to the Republic of Botswana on Aug. 10 to begin training as volunteers in the Peace Corps.

    July 27, 2014

  • Missing Boyd inmate returns to jail

    The Boyd County inmate who walked away from a work detail on Saturday turned himself back in to the Boyd County Detention Center on Sunday.

    July 27, 2014

  • 0728MoreheadMusic_1457.jpg Hills alive with Old Time Music

    The hills surrounding Morehead were alive again this weekend with the sounds of fiddles, banjos and deep Appalachian voices that help keep old time mountain music alive in a modern world.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bill Clinton coming to eastern Kentucky to stump for Grimes

    By RONNIE ELLIS
    CNHI News Service

    GLASGOW — Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is again calling in the “Big Dog” in her quest to unseat five-term Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

    July 27, 2014