(Leitchfield, KY) – During a 21 Town Hall meeting tour of the 2nd District, Congressman Brett Guthrie spoke to a small crowd of approximately 20 people Thursday, August 08, 2013, at the Centre on Main in Leitchfield.
The Congressman concentrated most of his talk on health care reform, but didn’t shy away from what he called “the three scandals” – IRS, NSA, and Benghazi.
The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, consumed the bulk of the conversation, which Guthrie said he wanted to have, saying, “I’m not here to give a speech, you all have heard enough of those. I want to hear what’s on your hearts and minds.”
“If you get into a government shutdown, and a lot of you are talking about doing that for Obamacare; but if it shuts down, Obamacare still gets spent but our military may not get paid,” said Guthrie.
He said he has been working on a bill that would change soldiers pay from being considered part of the entitlement payments, which he said very few of the entitlement payments are actually welfare payments.
Guthrie said allowing a government shutdown on Sept. 30, 2013 – the end of the government fiscal year – would prevent the governments’ unpreparedness to be exposed.
The health care exchanges are supposed to be ready on Oct. 1, 2013, and Guthrie said he didn’t think they would be available. He said that he too would have to buy his insurance from the insurance exchanges.
He said this lack in preparedness would force a delay in the system, which he said may increase those who are against the Affordable Care Act an increase in traction to delaying the bill permanently.
Speaking about the Bengahzi attacks the Congressman said, “The President of the United State knew, or should have known, the day that is happened that is was a terrorist attack. I don’t know what he knew because I’m not in his brain, but I can tell you that I have seen the evidence of it and if he didn’t know it, I don’t know how he didn’t know it.”
Guthrie also talked about the NSA scandal and assured the crowd that the system is only storing phone number-to-phone number and not the content of the call itself, saying a search warrant must be issued before anyone could access anything more that the phone logs.
Guthrie is hosting town hall meetings throughout his entire district while Congress is in recess.