Paul says healthcare law will drag down U.S. economy
Sen. Paul addresses constituents in Bardstown, Ky.
Sen. Paul shakes hands with constituents at Just Baked Bakery in Bardstown, Ky.
Sen. Paul said the U.S. is borrowing $1 million per minute
It was a packed house Wednesday as Sen. Paul met with constituents at a Bardstown bakery
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Plagued with persistent problems, healthcare overhaul isn't going as smoothly as planned -- and opponents like Rand Paul are pointing to the rocky start as a sign of a rough future.
Paul was in Bardstown Wednesday as part of a two-day tour of Northeastern Kentucky.
Kentucky has been touted as a success story in the implementation of healthcare exchanges. The state says over 32,000 people have used the state healthcare exchange, Kynect, to complete applications for insurance. Kynect has seen nearly 300,000 unique visitors since October 1.
Governor Steve Beshear told CNN Tuesday that Kentucky has proved to be a "gold standard" among exchanges.
"We're signing up people at roughly a thousand a day. It's a great rate and a great success so far," said Beshear.
But Paul says supporters shouldn't be celebrating just yet. "It's not a success because people are signing up for it. It would be a success if you can pay for it."
Paul said that with more people covered by government backed health insurance, and Kentucky planning to expand Medicaid, the government will be stretched thin. "It's going to cost you money, and it's going to cost you jobs because we are borrowing so much money that we are dragging the economy down."
Also on Wednesday, House democrats showed concern over the persistent problems with the rollout of the president's signature health care overhaul.
Rep. Richard Nolan (D-MN) emerged from a meeting with administration officials Wednesday and told reporters the rollout has "damaged the brand" of the health care law.
Nolan said, "The president needs to man up, find out who was responsible, and fire them."
Obama has said he is as frustrated as anyone and has promised a "tech surge" to fix the balky healthcare.gove website.