LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has responded following Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to discuss repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Beshear defended the Affordable Care Act Expansion he fronted in the Commonwealth. He talked about the program’s success in Kentucky and said repealing the ACA would mean trouble.

“Too many of our nation’s leaders still think that it’s all about them. That’s what they’ve turned the debate over healthcare into – a political battle instead of a thoughtful discussion focusing on improving the health and financial security of American families,” he said.

Congressman John Yarmuth also stood in opposition of repealing the Affordable Care Act. He says the Republican bill is an ideological and political bill that’s not focused on American Healthcare.

It would devastate places like Kentucky which has relatively poor populations and a desperate need for healthcare. We’ve made incredible strides under the Affordable Care Act,” he said.

Yarmuth said Republican lawmakers’ plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act creates tax breaks for millionaires to the tune of $600 million.