Vice President Mike Pence to visit Lexington on Wednesday
Vice President Mike Pence will visit Lexington on Wednesday.
Pence will meet with small business owners during his visit, which is focused on drumming up support to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Since the launch of Obamacare, Democrats have praised Kentucky as an example of the programs success.
Under the law more Americans have been insured, but costs have gone up for some. Also, many small businesses are now required to offer insurance for more employees.
Since Senate Republican leaders revealed their plan, there has been opposition shown from democrats and some republicans.
Governor Matt Bevin, along with Representatives Andy Barr and Brett Guthrie, will join Vice President Pence in meeting with business leaders.
Following the meeting, the vice president will speak at Bryant’s Rent-All on Red Mile Road. His speaking engagement is scheduled to begin at 4:10 p.m.
Because of the event, Red Mile Road will remain closed for a couple of hours. Several small business along the road will also have to close.
"We have hundreds of customers come through every day, lots of foot traffic. People shopping, people buying parts," said Bryan Huber with Central Equipment. "We have 50 employees here, so it will slow business down today a little bit . But there's not much you can do about that."
Pence's event is not open to the general public.
This meeting comes just three days after former presidential candidate Bernie sanders held a rally in northern Kentucky in support of Obamacare.
The Kentucky Democratic Party issued a statement on Pence's visit:
“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can’t rally support among fellow Senate Republicans for this bill for a reason : 22 million more Americans are projected to lose their existing health care coverage with the passage of this bill, according to the Congressional Budget Office’s June 26 report.
We welcome Vice President Mike Pence to speak constructively with vulnerable Kentuckians who stand to lose the most instead of having Rep. Andy Barr and Gov. Matt Bevin carry his water for him in Lexington tomorrow.”
We stand by the great work Congressman John Yarmuth is doing in highlighting what this bill means to the 541,000 Kentuckians who will lose coverage.”