Frankfort, Ky. (AP) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul says Medicaid has turned into "intergenerational welfare," saying coverage has spread beyond those truly in need.
The tea party favorite, who is running against Democrat Jack Conway, spoke to a
When asked about Medicaid, Paul said the health coverage should be temporary until people can help themselves. But he acknowledged some need long-term assistance.
Paul says too many people are receiving the insurance who don't really need it, noting half the state's births are covered by it.
About 800,000 people are covered under Medicaid in the state.
The Associated Press reported in June that Paul, an eye doctor from
Paul's campaign has said that about half of Paul's medical income has come from Medicare and Medicaid payments - which it says is in line with the average for eye doctors around the country.