>> The Obamacare nightmare is about to end.>> US Vice President Mike Pence in Louisville, Kentucky Saturday, making a pitch for a Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. A GOP bill unveiled this week, facing opposition from Democrats, Conservative Republicans and an array of lobbying groups, all of which come together in Kentucky.
>> For us to seize this opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all, we need every Republican in congress, and we're counting on Kentucky.>> But not every Republican in the Bluegrass state is on board. Kentucky senator Rand Paul Paul is leading a charge by GOP members, who say the plan put forward by house Republican leaders and championed by US President Donald Trump, doesn't go far enough in gutting the ACA.
>> We have to admit we are divided on replacement. We're united on repeal but we are divided on replacement.>> There's another issue in Kentucky. The predominantly Republican state initially embraced Obamacare, accepting its medicated expansion which now covers nearly a quarter of the state's population. A state-run healthcare exchange Connect is seen as a success in further boosting the number of people insured.
Even after the governor closed Connect and told residents this year to instead purchase insurance on the federal exchange HealthCare.gov, 81,000 Kentuckians signed up. The state's Republican governor Matt Bevin, who campaigned against Obamacare, has indicated that he would oppose eliminating HealthCare.gov. The Republican plan would keep some of the more popular parts of Obamacare, including the requirements insurers cover patients with pre-existing conditions.
But it also cuts taxes imposed to cover the cost of the law. And it's unclear how Republicans plan to pay for their bill.