Kentucky politicians prepare for Fancy Farm hecklers

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 5, 2017 at 1:29 p.m.



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FANCY FARM, Ky. (AP) — A week after an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act failed, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he'd consider a bipartisan effort to continue payments to insurers and avert a costly rattling of health insurance markets.

McConnell told reporters Saturday there is "still a chance" the Senate could revive the measure to repeal and replace so-called Obamacare.

The Kentucky senator noted Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee is working on "some kind of bipartisan approach" that would involve subsidies for insurance companies.

Alexander recently said he will work with Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state on a bill next month that would pay insurers through 2018.

McConnell made the comments Saturday just before speaking at Fancy Farm, a rowdy Kentucky political tradition where lawmakers give speeches before hecklers.

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