Friday, October 3, 2014

McConnell backs bill to restore cuts that Obamacare is making to home-health providers

ERLANGER, Ky. -- Sen. Mitch McConnell spoke Thursday at a rally in Northern Kentucky to throw his support behind a bill to reverse cuts that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care made to the home health care industry.

The law cut Medicare home-health funding to be cut 3.5 percent annually over the next four years. The home-health industry cites a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimate that 40 percent of all home health agencies will lose money by 2017.

In endorsing the bill to restore the cuts, McConnell again called the law the "worst piece of legislation in modern history," and said that it is a step on the path towards European-style, single-payer health care. He also said that its passage differed from other major social programs like Medicare, because it was passed on a partisan basis.

McConnell ended his speech by telling the group that if they wanted to change the law, "changing the Senate is a start." He has not said what he would do to replace what he calls “Obamacare” and declined to take questions after the event.

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