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This is a delightfully harsh editorial from the Lexington Herald-Leader on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s absurd claim that repealing Obamacare would have no impact on Kynect, the health insurance marketplace delivering coverage to 421,000 Kentucky residents:

What in the world did he mean last week when he told reporters that repeal of the Affordable Care Act — “root and branch,” as he has demanded many times — is “unconnected” to the future of Kynect, Kentucky’s health insurance exchange?

Asked specifically if Kynect should be dismantled, McConnell said: “I think that’s unconnected to my comments about the overall question.” […] We asked the McConnell campaign for a clarification and were sent the usual talking points and a statement saying, “If Obamacare is repealed, Kentucky should decide for itself whether to keep Kynect or set up a different marketplace,” a suggestion that is unconnected to reality.

Kentuckians are waiting to learn if their five-term senator understands — or cares — how much is at stake.

Continue reading:  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/05/28/1302569/-Kentucky-newspaper-slams-Mitch-McConnell-s-Obamacare-doublespeak

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6 thoughts on “Kentucky newspaper slams Mitch McConnell’s Obamacare doublespeak

  1. I say we kill Kentucky’s health insurance marketplace. In fact we need to stop insurance companies from siphoning off 25-30% of every health care dollar and outlawing health insurance altogether. It’s high time the US joined the rest of the industrialized world in providing publicly funded health care that covers all Americans regardless of income.

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  2. Isn’t Kynect in place as part of the Affordable Care Act? It sounds like he couldn’t care less about his own constituents. It also sounds like he’s not too bright to think people wouldn’t notice how illogical his comments are.

    As you and I have both said, the ACA isn’t the best, but it’s better than what we had before.

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    • Kynect is the state-run exchange for Obamacare in Kentucky. You might recall that under the ACA, each state had the option of running their own health care exchange or defaulting to the federal exchange (healthcare.gov). If Obamacare is repealed, Kynect becomes an empty shell with no functional substance.

      Since the majority of Kentuckians absurdly oppose “Obamacare” yet support “Kynect,” McConnell’s tactic may not be so illogical. His Democratic opponents have been reluctant to either embrace Obamacare or to better inform the voters in their state.

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