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Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Trans Parts and Distribution Center, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. Pence said that the so-called Obamacare law had failed the nation and the Trump administration would need the backing of rank-and-file Republicans to pass their health care overhaul. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Vice President Pence bashed Obamacare while lobbying for GOP health care plan


Vice President Mike Pence made his way to Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday to rally support for the Trump administration's revised health care plan, the Courier Journal reported.

"We're going to repeal the mandates and taxes and penalties of Obamacare," Pence declared before a crowd. "We're actually going to get rid of 500 billion in Obamacare's tax increases. And we're going to give Americans more choices."

Vice President Pence bashed Obamacare while lobbying for GOP health care plan

WATCH | Pence praises the efforts of Gov. Matt Bevin in bringing about health care reform.

Over the years, Kentucky has developed into a battleground state for health care legislation. Democrats frequently touted the success of Obamacare using the traditionally red state as an example. They cited the efforts of former Gov. Steve Beshear, who delivered the opposition speech to Trump's address to a joint session of Congress.

Under his leadership, they say, Kentucky launched one of the most successful implementations of the ACA thanks to medicaid expansion and the establishment of state enrollment and exchange system called "Kynect."

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, who joined the former Indiana governor on Saturday, however, has sung to a much different chorus, having once referred to Kentucky's health care system as a "disaster."

This wasn't the first time Pence lobbied on behalf of the administration's plans to repeal and replace Obamacare. He previously visited Missouri, Wisconsin and Ohio, CNN reported.

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