FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul says Medicaid eligibility has become too lenient and has resulted in "intergenerational welfare."
Paul told Kentucky Chamber of Commerce leaders on Monday that Medicaid, the state's $5.5 billion-a-year program for the poor and disabled, should only be available to those truly in need.
Paul also spoke out against "corporate welfare" when asked about ways to reduce the federal deficit. He says the federal government should not subsidize big corporations.
The tea party-backed Paul also says there is waste in the military budget.
He says all of the federal budget should come under scrutiny when lawmakers try to balance the federal budget.
Paul is running against Jack Conway, who has also been invited to appear before the state chamber panel.