Gov. Bentley Talks Japan Trip, Healthcare


By Ellis Eskew

During his first trip to Japan, Governor Robert Bentley wanted to be sure to thank the
companies like Toyota and Honda for their business here in the state. He met with the top CEO's of several corporations mostly in the automotive industry.
He even tested out an innovative personal vehicle that Toyota is working on.

Sixty-five Japanese companies have brought their industries to Alabama and Bentley says he would like to expand to even more with pharmaceutical companies and biomedical research.
The governor says one of those potential partners would be the Foundation for Biomedical Research and Innovation.

"Since I am a medical doctor, it was very interesting for me to see the research that they are doing there," said Gov. Bentley.

On the subject of healthcare, while he was gone President Obama allowed Americans who were getting cancellations for their insurance under the new Affordable Care Act to continue with their providers for one more year.

"I'm not sure the President even had the authority to do what he did," said Bentley.

Governor Bentley says he is concerned about medicaid expansion.

"I can't think of anything worse right now than to have expanded medicaid and have all of these people on an entitlement program right now and for this entire thing to go under, which I think is going to happen."

But he says Alabamians may have options in the future.

"We want people to have the ability to go see a doctor or healthcare provider and we have some ideas that I think will help down the road, which include telemedicine, may include more physician extenders, so many things we can do."


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