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KY Congressman takes optimistic tone on health care

Congressman Brett Guthrie talked with his constituents in Elizabethtown Thursday. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Congressman Brett Guthrie talked with his constituents in Elizabethtown Thursday. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) was in Kentucky Thursday, listening to the concerns and opinions of his constituents.

The republican representative discussed health care and took questions about President Donald Trump from the people of Hardin County.

As the president topped headlines Thursday, criticizing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is of course from Kentucky, Guthrie decided to take a more optimistic tone.

He called the failed effort of repealing and replacing ObamaCare in the Senate a disgrace. But he noted both the president and McConnell are frustrated with the failure.

Guthrie hopes that frustration can lead to action when Congress returns to Washington next month.

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"We saw that in the springtime when we didn't get a bill passed right before the Easter break," Guthrie explained. "We all went home. A lot of people who didn't want to vote for the bill came back and heard frustration from their constituents. And a lot of times frustration can create energy and motivation to get things done. So hopefully we can make that happen.

"If they don't do that, then the question is: 'How do we deal with the collapsing insurance markets?'" he said.

Guthrie is holding office hours in each of the 21 counties he represents.

Lawmakers return to Washington September 5, with healthcare as a top priority.

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