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McGrath introduces healthcare plan in Paducah

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PADUCAH, Ky. (WSIL) -- Amy McGrath, a Kentucky candidate for U.S. Senate, made her message clear: 36 years is long enough for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.

McGrath's first stop in Paducah was a meet-and-greet session with dozens of voters. She spoke about ways to rebuild Kentucky's economy.

McGrath said that the state needs immediate aid for residents suffering through the effects of the coronavirus. McGrath says residents need extended unemployment benefits in order 'to put food on the table.'

"It's not acceptable to just throw the responsibility onto state and local governments to tackle the coronavirus and not give them the resources to do it," McGrath said.

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She made her second stop at the Paducah riverfront on Kentucky Avenue to introduce her healthcare plan, which would lower the medicare buy-in age to 55.

The plan would also allow Kentuckians to automatically enroll in a public option if they lose their jobs or if their income falls below 200% of the poverty line.

12-year NBA veteran, and Western Kentucky native, Rex Chapman supports McGrath's plan. Chapman, a former opioid addict, says current healthcare options shut out recovering addicts from the help they need.

"I'm tired of going to the morgue to identify kids of friends that I remember being born," Chapman said. "What's going on is a travesty right now."

McGrath caught criticism from Sen. McConnell after declining an invitation to Monday's Kentucky Farm Bureau conference, but says it was important to hear the needs of Paducah's residents.

McGrath has reached out to McConnell for a series of three debates that have yet to be solidified.

"We're negotiating everyday as far as when they're going to happen," McGrath said. "We've got 65 days until the election so they gotta happen pretty soon."

Danny Valle

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