Kentucky Governor Bevin: ObamaCare has been a disaster

This is a rush transcript from "Your World," February 28, 2017. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST:  Former Democratic Kentucky Governor Beshear is going to be delivering the Democratic response.  And he's 72.  He's out of office.

But he's going to argue -- that is, Steve Beshear will argue for ObamaCare and how beautifully it worked in Kentucky.

The present governor of that fine state joins us right now, Matt Bevin.

Governor, what do you think of that?  It's an odd choice.  But when I step back and I started thinking about it, I could see what Democrats are up to. They wanted to use a conservative state like yours to remind people of how ObamaCare worked in your state and how this guy led the effort to make it work in your state.

What do you think?

GOV. MATT BEVIN, R-KENTUCKY:  It is an odd choice.

I would bet it was not their first choice.  It's an interesting one.  I will say this.  It did not work in this state.  I inherited the mess that he unilaterally created.

He will get on there in some measure probably to try to defend his own legacy and explain why it was good.  But it's never been good.  We added many people to the rolls, at a cost that we can't afford even with the subsidies at 90/10.  And it won't stay at that.

But it has been a disaster.  We're down to only three carriers, one of whom, Humana, has announced that they are going to remove themselves from all exchanges in the future.  That would mean only two carriers in our state.

And the reality is this:  There's currently only one carrier in half the counties in Kentucky. ObamaCare is failing. It's a disaster. It's financially unsustainable.  But the idea that it was ever good for Kentucky is an absolute false canard.

We enrolled 450,000 to 500,000 new people, gave them a card, but we didn't create better health outcomes.  We actually didn't give people access to health care.  And this idea that we have conflated a Medicaid card, which is an entitlement, to health care insurance is absolutely false.  They're two different things.


BEVIN:  That said, it's unsustainable.

CAVUTO:  Here's what seems to be weird, though, Governor, that Republicans do not seem to be in agreement on a replacement vehicle.  Maybe that will come.

We're getting separate reports from Politico and others that the president will not outline that potential ObamaCare replacement in his speech tonight.

But we -- and we just heard from a number, including Senator Joni Ernst and of course Kevin Brady, two Republicans, who really don't have a clear sense of what the replacement vehicle will be, that there's agreement on repeal, not on replace, even though it seems to be repeal and replace at the same time.

The reason why I'm even mentioning this is that it was integral to getting this done first, before you even address the tax cut thing.  I don't know. I see problems.


BEVIN:  No, I don't.  And I will tell you why.

I'm confident that those that I have met with -- and I met with Chairman Brady yesterday, as did other governors, both Republican and Democrat.  We met at length with him and other members of the House and Senate who are wrestling with this in various committees.

The degree to which they are thoughtfully considering every angle, from every political perspective, from states that have expanded and those that have not, states like ours, where people have come in having been left with something that made in the previous administration.  All these angles are being considered.

Everyone knows that this is collapsing.  Everyone knows that it's failing. Everyone know that it's unsustainable.  And I applaud the Congress like no time that I'm ever aware of working with governors who are ultimately responsible for this to make sure we come up with a good solution.

I'm confident they will not simply repeal without having a thoughtful methodology for moving forward.  And that's what we're working toward. There's not a final decision yet, nor will there be immediately.  But it will be coming soon and they're working toward that end.

CAVUTO:  Yes, time is the enemy of all, isn't it?

All right, Governor, thank you very much for taking the time.  We appreciate it.

BEVIN:  Thank you, Neil.


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