Governor-Elect Pledges to Take Clerks’ Names Off Kentucky Licenses

7 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bevin to roll back health reform, alter marriage licenses.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Gov.-elect Matt Bevin vowed Friday to protect a county clerk’s religious objections to same-sex marriage and pledged to roll back the state’s version of health care reform, potentially removing health insurance for some of the 400,000 people who qualified under the state’s expanded Medicaid program.

Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, on Thursday lost another bid to delay issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples when the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied her latest request. Bevin spoke publicly about his plans Friday after winning the Kentucky governor’s election with more than 52 percent of the vote in a three-way race. He will take office next month as the state’s second Republican governor in four decades, calling his election a mandate from voters to enact his policies. Beshear has said he lacks the authority to remove the names of the county clerks from marriage licenses, arguing only the state legislature can do that. We will do it right out of the gate.” Mat Staver, Davis’ lawyer, declared victory Friday, saying Bevin’s promise of an executive order is “a clear, simple path to resolving all the legal efforts on behalf of Davis.” “Gov.-elect Bevin’s impending executive order is a welcome relief for Kim Davis and should be for everyone who cherishes religious freedom,” Staver said.

State health officials disagree, arguing kynect was designed specifically for Kentucky and has helped slash the share of uninsured state residents from about 20 percent in 2013 to 9 percent by 2015. Beshear expanded the program’s eligibility requirements under the federal Affordable Care Act, allowing 400,000 more people to get taxpayer-funded health insurance. He would change Medicaid’s eligibility requirements, saying “there will be a certain natural amount of attrition that will take place.” Some people who had previously qualified for health insurance under Medicaid would no longer be eligible.

But Bevin said his goal is to “find an orderly way to accommodate this.” “We are not looking to make draconian moves,” Bevin said. “I had no health coverage for my entire life until I was an active duty army officer in my 20s. And he said he won’t release his personal income tax returns, despite indicating during the campaign that he would release them after he was elected governor.

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