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Just two days after Vice President Mike Pence held an event in Louisville, the White House announced that President Donald Trump will hold a rally at Freedom Hall next Monday. The event will be open to the general public.

Much like Pence did on Saturday at the Trane Parts and Distribution Center in East Louisville, Trump is expected to pitch the Republican Party’s new legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act, which they claim has been a disaster. While the Pence event was private and invite-only, Trump’s event at the spacious Freedom Hall arena at 7:30 p.m. on March 20 is open to the public and tickets can be reserved online.

While Trump and Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan have strongly advocated for the Republican plan — dubbed the American Health Care Act — it also has faced friendly fire from conservative organizations and prominent Republican legislators. Chief among those critics is Kentucky’s own Sen. Rand Paul, who has repeatedly called it “Obamacare lite.” Though Gov. Matt Bevin appeared with Pence at Saturday’s event, he initially indicated that he agreed with Paul’s assessment of the bill, saying it is still a work in progress that can be improved.

Democrats in Congress have initially presented a united front against the legislation, saying it could cause as many as 20 million to lose their insurance while increasing health care costs for older Americans. The Congressional Budget Office is expected to release its official scoring of the bill this week, projecting its financial costs and benefits.

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Joe Sonka
Joe Sonka is a staff writer at Insider Louisville focusing on government, politics, education and public safety. He is a former news editor and staff writer at LEO Weekly and has also freelanced for The Nation and ThinkProgress. He has won first place awards from the Louisville Metro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the categories of Health Reporting, Enterprise Reporting, Government/Politics, Minority/Women’s Affairs Reporting, Continuing Coverage and Best Blog. Email him at [email protected]