Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear responds to Sen. Mitch McConnell’s calls for repealing Obamacare while keeping Kentucky’s “kynect” health exchange.
“At best, of course, his promise represents a fundamental misunderstanding of the ironclad link between the ACA and ‘kynect.’ At worst, it’s a blatant attempt to mislead Kentucky families for his political benefit.”
“While that is fun to ponder, the salient point is this: Even critics are acknowledging that the ACA is bringing health care to those who desperately need it. In short, it’s working.”
“In fact, over 421,000 Kentuckians have signed up for health insurance through ‘kynect’ — about 75 percent of whom didn’t previously have insurance and about 52 percent of whom were under age 35.”
“Those numbers — and the testimony of the people behind them — contradict the mindless nattering of partisan-minded critics who need to leave their Washington D.C. echo chambers and talk to the people they represent.”
“Rather than continue trying to tear out the ACA ‘root and branch,’ as Sen. McConnell has advocated, he should understand why it’s been embraced and why it’s working.”