Local/Regional News
9:25 am
Mon March 22, 2010

One Ky. Democrat Not Celebrating Healthcare Bill

WASHINGTON – The only Kentucky Congressman to vote in favor of the healthcare overhaul that passed the U.S. House Sunday night was Louisville Democrat John Yarmuth. After a 219-212 vote, the bill is one step closer to getting President Obama's signature.

Yarmuth calls it the most important vote he's ever cast, saying the measure is "the right thing" for the country.

Fellow Democrat Ben Chandler of Versailles did not support the healthcare bill. In a statement, Chandler said he likes certain provisions, including the expansion of coverage and eliminating the denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

But Chandler added that the healthcare plan "does not address the concerns I had about its effect on our seniors, rural hospitals, and the overall cost to taxpayers."