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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A hearing in Lexington on the Affordable Care Act has already been met with outbursts of and threats of arrests.
The U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce is holding the hearing, with the focus on the effects of implementing the Affordable Care Act on workers and job creators.
And they heard an earful: Restaurant owner Joe Bologna said on Tuesday, "We closed on Mondays and reduced our total employees from 54 to 46 or 47." And Donnie Meadows of Food City Groceries said, "The Affordable Care Act's 30 hour per week, full-time threshold does not fit into the realities of supermarkets."
On the other side of the issue was cancer survivor Debbie Basham: "The doctors estimated I had three months unless we found a miracle." She was paying $1500 a month for medical insurance. Companies found the cancer she beat 17 years ago to be a pre-existing condition. She says, "Women are dying at great number because they do not have insurance."
At times the hearing revealed underlying emotions as at least one speaker was interrupted with shouts. People were told anyone interrupting could be removed and arrested.
The tea party is continuing to apply pressure to take the money from the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. It has been campaigning against current lawmakers in state capitols across the nation. Kentucky was the first stop. Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin told WDRB News, "This is the best opportunity we have, actually, to stop this piece of legislation before it destroys small business in this country."
That's as Kentucky is beginning to implement the Affordable Care Act. People in the state will be able to shop online beginning October 1.