BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) – The man who may run for president in 2016 says it’s not as rosy in Kentucky as the governor has been stating.
The day started off for dozens with a cup of coffee at Just Baked Bakery in Bardstown, Kentucky with a side of politics.
Senator Rand Paul talked debt, the government shutdown and healthcare.
“It’s certainly hard to argue that they’re no problems with ObamaCare. You can’t get on the website, it’s overwhelmed,” Paul said.
While Kentucky’s healthcare website Kynect had its bugs, those running it seem to have worked those all out.
So far, Governor Steve Beshear says more than 300,000 people have visited the website and more than 30,000 applications for healthcare are completed.
On average, since October 1, more than 1,000 applications have been received a day.
Senator Paul says those numbers don’t mean the program is quite the success Governor Beshear claimed it to be on national television earlier this week.
“If I put up a website up and say we have free cars, sign up for free cars, would that be a success? Everybody in Kentucky wants a free car, don’t they? So it’s not a success because people are signing up for it. It would be a success if you can pay for it,” he said.
Senator Paul believes the expense of the Affordable Care Act will be much more costly than expected, leaving major repercussions for small and rural communities like Bardstown.
“What’s going to happen is they’re going come to the hospital and say we’re going pay the hospital less and we’re going to pay the doctor less. Then no doctor will practice and the hospital will go out of business.
Paul says bottom line even though Kentucky’s program is getting positive attention nationwide. He stands by his critics and expects the program to do more damage than good.
Paul made four other stops all across the state Wednesday afternoon.