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KY Sens. McConnell and Paul say efforts to fix Affordable Care Act will not work

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky's two U.S. Senators say no amount of tinkering can save the Affordable Care Act.

Both Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul pounced on the President's latest effort to fix his healthcare reform.

If the President is trying to mute criticism of the Affordable Care Act, Kentucky's Senators are not buying it.

McConnell was in Louisville to pick up the endorsement of local veterans. But he was also eager to jump on President Obama's effort to help those whose insurance policies have been canceled under the Affordable Care Act.

President Obama says insurance companies can continue to offer health plans that do not meet the law's requirements, for one year.

"No amount of trying to scamper away from this, to try to act like you can still keep you health insurance is going to work," said McConnell. "The President misled the American people. He knew it. Everybody knew it."

Sen. Rand Paul, in town for an event at the Fairgrounds, said the problems with the law go even deeper than canceled policies.  "And I'm not sure that a lot people realize that that's what Obamacare would be, the loss of choice -- that you're no longer free to choose what kind of insurance you want to buy. You have to buy what the President says is good for you, and you don't get to make that decision anymore," said Paul.

But Paul acknowledged that Republicans must do more than oppose Obamacare. They must also agree on and promote an alternative:  "We do need to promote what we're for. And to my mind, we need to be for competition, for expanded health savings accounts and for ways to bring down the cost of your premium," he said.

McConnell indicated that Senate Republicans do not intend to work with Democrats to try and fix the law:  "What we're not interested in is signing up with Senate Democrats to make some cosmetic change that has no impact on the law. And so, we're waiting to see if they want to join us and get rid of this thing or not," he said.

McConnell says the President's actions indicate support for Obamacare is eroding, even among Democrats, ultimately leading to what he wants, a full repeal.

Late Friday afternoon, the campaign spokesperson for McConnell's Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, released a statement which said there are parts of the Affordable Care Act that need to be fixed.

Charly Norton went on to jab McConnell:  "Instead of offering solutions that work for Kentucky, McConnell resorts to desperate political games and Washington fingerpointing," she said.

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