Rand PaulSenator Rand Paul at the Hopkins County Chamber meeting April 14.MADISONVILLE, Ky. (4/16/14) — Can local hospitals survive a Medicaid increase?

This was one of several questions about the recent changes with the ObamaCare policy thrown out to a crowd of doctors, nurses, and local officials by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. at the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce's "Meet the Candidate" event Tuesday, April 14.

Paul's major strife with President Obama's healthcare plan is that the policies are costing more money for hospitals seeing a rise from 40 percent Medicaid to 50 percent. He said that many hospitals may have trouble financing because people on Medicaid are heading to the emergency rooms instead of family doctors.

Paul also said taxpayers are seeing higher deductibles because of non-payers.

"There is no free lunch; nothing is truly free," said Paul. "Someone will have to pay this."

Paul mentioned that Obama's healthcare plan is suggesting "Washington knows what's best" for the people. He acknowledged that there were "problems before" with popular policies like rapidly rising costs, but said ObamaCare and Washington “may have made it worse.”

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"Really, it's not about healthcare, it's about freedom of choice," said Paul.

For more on Sen. Rand Paul, visit Rand Paul Unites States Senator.

Taylor Riley
SurfKY News
Photos by Taylor Riley

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