September 6, 2018 Press Release

Andy Barr Scrubs Website in an Attempt to Deceive Voters

Republican Representative Andy Barr (KY-6) wants to hide his failed attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

According to a report by ThinkProgress, House Republicans like Barr are trying to hide their record of voting to take away the health care of more than 400,000 Kentuckians, including 43,811 previously uninsured in the 6th Congressional District.

“While they ran on a pledge to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act, support for Obamacare now far exceeds support for the GOP-controlled Congress. Several incumbents have employed a bold strategy: hide the evidence of their position.”

ThinkProgress examined campaign websites of incumbent Republican candidates and found that at least 15 candidates had mentioned their intention to gut the ACA on their 2016 campaign sites and strip Americans of their health insurance via Trump’s proposed American Health Care Act.

Here is the excerpt from Rep. Andy Barr’s 2016 site:

  1. his site said “Obamacare has been a failure for the many Kentuckians who lost their insurance despite the President’s promise that if you ‘like your plan, you can keep your plan.’ … Because the first step to fixing our broken health care system is to stop Obamacare, I have voted dozens of times to repeal the law in part or in full. I also supported the use of budget reconciliation to bypass the Senate filibuster and put repeal legislation on the President’s desk for the first time.”

Today, this language has been repealed and replaced by a health care section that mentions Barr’s support for opioid prevention and treatment, and a bill that aimed to accelerate pharmaceutical development.

“For years Andy has made the case that repealing the ACA was a top priority, all of a sudden he’s scrubbed it from his website? We all know Andy Barr will never stop trying to take healthcare away from hardworking Kentuckians,” said Marisa McNee, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Democratic Party. “He can try to hide from his record but it won’t work. The voters of the 6th District are going to hold him accountable in November.”