WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell toured Eastern Kentucky meeting and speaking with several hospital employees about the recent Supreme Court ruling concerning the Affordable Care Act.
On Tuesday, McConnell reportedly toured Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital in Stanford, and Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Pulaski County before visiting with the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce.
According to his aides, McConnell was visiting the different hospitals to share his thoughts on the Supreme Court rulings on health care reform.
“The Republican leadership in the House has once again fulfilled its commitment to protect the American people from the tax hikes and mandates in Obamacare that are driving up health care costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire,” said McConnell in a released statement on Tuesday. “The President’s health law is the single worst piece of legislation passed by Congress in modern times. I’ve already committed to making its repeal the first order of business in the Senate next year if I am the leader of the Majority.”
From the beginning, Sen. McConnell has been one of the most outspoken critics of the health care package, except for last weeks Republican National Convention when the Kentucky Senator never once mentioned Obamacare during his prepared speech. During a speech in Elizabethtown in July, McConnell told those in attendance that while he favors repealing Obamacare, it may be tough to do.
Most of McConnell’s speech at the RNC focused on the economy, as did a speech the Senator gave in Washington before embarking to Kentucky this week.
“The President can’t have it both ways. He can’t be responsible for the economy when he thinks it’s going well, then disavow responsibility when it clearly isn’t. He’s either responsible for it or not,” said McConnell. “The Treasury Secretary had it right two years ago: the President’s policies have had a big impact on the economy. What he got wrong was the fact that the impact was negative. If we were to ask ourselves whether Americans are better off now than they were two years ago, the answer would be obvious.”
“The President’s policies have clearly made it harder for Americans to find a job and keep it.”