Congressman Rogers & Senator McConnell voted against the health care legislation

President Obama is expected to sign the historic health care bill into law tomorrow, but several Kentucky lawmakers are still talking about how much they hate it!

Under the bill, most Americans will be required to have health insurance. The bill says the government will help pay for it by expanding Medicaid programs to include families making less than $29,000 a year.

But Republican lawmakers from Kentucky say it will do more harm than good

President Obama is ready to make health care reform a reality for all Americans.

“This legislation will not fix everything that ails our health care system but it moves us decisively in the right direction,” Obama says. “This is what change looks like.”

But, Congressman Hal Rogers says the passing of the Health Care Reform Bill on Sunday is another Government takeover.

“It raises taxes on practically everybody,” Rogers says. “it cuts big huge slices out of Medicare, Social Security, the Veteran's Administration Tri-Care Program.”

You can expect to see the first health care changes play out by year's end.

Among them... Insurance companies will no longer be able to cancel coverage when someone gets sick or ban coverage for children due to pre-existing conditions. .

Children will be able to stay on their parents' policies until age 26.

The bill is projected to cost $940 Billion during the next decade and Republicans are wondering how the Government is going to pay for it.

“If you're going to include $45 million more people that are not on the rules, and provide free health care for them, do you think that is going to save you money?,” Rogers says.

“Americans know you don't drive down the cost of health care by spending another $2.5 Trillion dollars on health care,” U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says. “They know we can help people with preexisting conditions without slashing Medicare to do it.”

Even with Tuesday's signing, the bill is not a done-deal until a second bill, filled with changes to the first, passes the senate.

Republicans have vowed to make it difficult and they could slow it down if they change even one word of the bill.

Kentucky Democrat Ben Chandler also voted no on the health care reform bill.

He was one of only 34 democrats who are not in favor of president Obama’s bill.


Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers and Senator Mitch McConnell were two of the lawmakers voting against the health care legislation.

Both say the bill will increase taxes and cut millions of funding from Medicare.

The bill passed the house with zero republican support.

Republicans say the bill is unconstitutional and the GOP vows to do all they can to repeal the new bill.

“Democrats may have won their vote last night, but they lost the argument and they've lost the trust of the American people,” Senator McConnell said.

“It was something I regret. I voted against it. I did all I could to defeat it but they outnumbered us and they passed that monstrosity,” representative Hal Rogers said.

The proposed bill is projected to cost 940 billion dollars over the next decade and cut the federal deficit by more than 135 billion during the same time.

President Obama could sign the bill as early as Tuesday.

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  • by Melvin Location: 488 Clearview Drive on Apr 13, 2010 at 11:15 AM
    Health care bill is a double edged sword. No doubt, it is going to be too expensive for the American government. While children and individuals with pre-medical illnesses like COPD, bronchitis and neural problem are going to get coverage with ease, the government will be in a position to spend more for the health insurance of the economically backward people in the society
  • by William Location: seky on Mar 25, 2010 at 01:51 AM
    Us Compare something here Ok what if everyone is ametrica was sick as dogs so sick they could not stand up? but was very rich, Now us say that every American was broke as a joke but was very healthy, How can a sick man fever chills heart problems diarea vomiting cronic back pain rotting teeth every sickness you can think of what good would money do him? Now a Poor Child healthy man has all kinds of hope even he dont have a penny he has his health, what good is a Job if your to sick to work? what good is money if you to sick to spend it? better is a broke healthy man then a rich sick one.Cause the rich sick man is going to die and his wealth will go to strangers, but the poor healthy man will thrive no matter if he is poor he has health, But when your poor and sick that is really sad and when your rich and healthy and dont want to help the poor and sick , You are sick and Poor in the worst of way..we are here to help each other its our job and God will bless us. Its really all we can do
  • by Jack Location: Corbin on Mar 24, 2010 at 07:45 AM
    Hey UAW, Jimmy Hoffa ended up in a cement block and sill hasn't been found. That's a REAL hero, that was convicted of fraud, bribery, jury tampering, and servied 13 years in prison...oh but wait, that sound like some of your heroes in congress now. Charlie Rangel, Chris Dodd, Barney (the clown) Frank, Maxine (loud mouth) Waters, and I could go on and on. They do nothing for the "good" of the people, just to further their political careers in their "safe" little districts. Come November, the scum that voted for this bill can put their heads between their legs and kiss their blank good-bye, except for those in the "safe" districts. Chris from Lex, you have a lot to learn. You people need to get a job, get a life, and stop trying to ruin everyone else's life.
  • by Chris Location: London on Mar 24, 2010 at 07:04 AM
    I voted for Hal, I voted for Mitch, I voted for Bunning, not BUNTING! I will do it again when the DEMONCRAP party puts up a candidate that's not to my liking, and that generally is ALL the time. Sarah, the reason most people are poor is because they want to be that way. They do nothing to make life better for themselves, just keep sucking from those that work hard every day just to keep afloat. They lay in the bed til noon, check the mailbox to see what givermnet goodies they have, take their pills or go sell some that the giverment has paid for and keep producing their kind, more giverment spongers! I know hundreds of able bodied rift raft (they are not MEN, and barely qualify to be human) that would have a job, but they dont want a job, that would mean they would have to work for what they get. Giverment is going broke, and this healthcare reform, will further that process. Contrary to popular belief, this is NOT free health care. Most people abandon a sinking ship,hang on folks!
  • by UAW Location: weloveJIMMYHOFFA on Mar 23, 2010 at 03:45 PM
    I love Kentuckians I really do..and I was born and raised in western Ky. But you folks need to get some ed G katin....Im no professor but some of you cant spell Bob...
  • by William Location: seky on Mar 23, 2010 at 02:43 PM
    It is impossible to fix sertain things unless a Dr is there to help, Unless God does a miracle and all is better or you die when it comes to health care,Ok Us look at food people has to eat or they Die! simple fact eat or die it may take days weeks two weeks its up to the person how long it takes to starve them to death, Medicine for some is more important then food and for one part of soceity to say No!! you cant have medicine is well a slow murder, If only cooks could eat most would die,We have got to train more Doctors in our education home land focus on medical care , we got these bodys us teach how to care for them and advoid sickness and if one becomes sick please treat them its a basic human rite more just as important water and food , and to cut it off is a application of murder, murder can be fast and it can be slow, Hal Rogers turn seky in to a medical police state of sorts where people were cut sudden off of medicines some died I see him as being guilty of murder with unite.
  • by Shelly on Mar 23, 2010 at 10:18 AM
    If it's not for the rich then for get the republicans.
  • by chisel Location: mount sterling,ky on Mar 23, 2010 at 07:22 AM
    to uaw,mitch mcconnell looks far better than harry reid,obama,and pelosi.i watched the debate sunday,on the democrat side it looked like the 1960's,the biggest bunch of old hippies and flower girls that i have seen in years,it looked awful.
  • by Chris Malais Location: Lexiington on Mar 23, 2010 at 06:54 AM
    If it's the illiterate that are in support of this legislation, then why are you reading this? Republican Rhetoric has always been a pity. What you people fail to understand is that the poor man is working. The working class is working...BUT THE BUSINESS OWNERS ARE NOT PAYING!!! The conclusion is that you will have to pay more taxis to take care of the people you left behind; The people you refused to hire; The people you refused to educate. It is our responsibility as Americans to pick those up whom are left behind. Like I was saying earlier, if the 4% of the population that holds 90% of the wealth would let just 10% of that float into the working mans hand, then we wouldn't be discussing any of this right now.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 at 06:10 AM
    Please take note that it's the illiterate in here that are in support of this piece of crap legislation. Somehow, along the way, it became the duty of those who have motivation and take initiative to better themselves to be the host for the parasites of society.
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