Local/Regional News
2:34 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Governor Beshear Reads To Kids At "The Nest"

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A group of kids at The Nest Child Care Center in Lexington welcomed a special storyteller Monday – Governor Steve Beshear. Beshear spoke to WUKY after the event about the effect Kentucky’s new health care exchange could have on children in the Bluegrass.  


"Is this your favorite book?" Beshear asks.


The response comes fast. "Yeah!" 


The kids lean in as Governor Beshear begins reading The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark.


It’s the governor’s first trip to the center, which provides “drop in” child care for families that are under stress and need help with their children. The Nest also offers resources for those looking to improve their parenting skills - preventive measures Beshear hopes the new health exchange being created as part of the Affordable Care Act will also encourage.


"The more folks that do have good health care, preventive health care, the better off our people will be and the cheaper our health care will run us because more people will stay out of the emergency room and stay out of the expensive kinds of care because they will be taught how to care for themselves," he says.


In other news, Beshear says his administration plans to announce a replacement for former Chief of Staff Mike Haydon this week.


Finally, while the governor declined to pick a favorite in this weekend’s battle for the Governor’s Cup, he said he looks forward to a great football game.


"This year U-of-L is favored by a couple of touchdowns, but last year Kentucky was favored and U-of-L won, so you never know."


The game kicks off at Cardinal Stadium at 3:30 this Sunday.