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Rand Paul talks healthcare in Paducah

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WEST PADUCAH -- Senator Rand Paul traveled to Kentucky Thursday, meeting with voters and talking to them about Republican attempts to improve their access to healthcare.

Paul spent the day throughout Kentucky, holding healthcare roundtables to hear the concerns of his constituents.

At one of the events in West Paducah, he addressed what he calls the failures of Obamacare.

"The dishonesty with Obamacare was they expanded Medicaid to 450,000 people, but they said Washington would pay for it," Paul said. "We don't have any money in Washington."

He said that though the Republican's attempted skinny repeal of the law failed two weeks ago, the matter is far from dead.

He also discussed his own proposal, which gives people the ability to form health associations to purchase group health insurance.

He says it will reduce the cost of healthcare, because it works like  buying in bulk, which he claims will lower consumer costs.

He says he has approached President Trump about the possibility of executive action to change the definition of a health association, making it easier for people start them for group insurance.

Paul seems optimistic something will get done.

"I've met with him several times. I've met with the secretary of labor several times." Paul said. "We think that in the next couple of weeks through presidential action, they're going to expand this definition so that nationwide insurances could negotiate for insurance for people."

Paul also touched on the United States' rising tensions with North Korea.

"We need to ratchet the rhetoric down some and I think we need to realize that things we say about nuclear weapons should not be said frivolously," he said. "They need to understand, and I think they do, and I think most countries know that if they attack South Korea or us, the consequences will be mind numbing. It will be the end of North Korea."

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