Mitch McConnell Admits Obamacare is a Success During Kentucky Senate Debate

mcconnell-thumbs-upSometimes I run across something so unbelievable that my mind has a little trouble comprehending what I just saw. And that’s what happened last night when I ran across several statements concerning the Affordable Care Act made by Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell during his lone debate with Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Essentially, McConnell reiterated that he wants a full repeal of the law on every level – except in Kentucky.

No, that’s not a joke.

“I think it’s fine to have a website. Yeah,” he said when asked if he wants to keep Kentucky’s state exchange known as Kynect.

“The website can continue but in my view the best interests of the country would be achieved by pulling out Obamacare root and branch,” McConnell continued.

He also suggested that Kynect is a “state exchange” and should be handled by “the state.”

Kynect only exists because of Obamacare. If you repeal the law – Kynect goes with it. As does all federal support for Medicaid expansion and subsidies millions of Americans are benefitting from in order to afford health insurance.

This is how stupid McConnell and his fellow Republicans know conservative voters are. He literally sat on that stage and praised the success of Obamacare in his own state, while simultaneously calling for its repeal nationwide. Because if the health care law hasn’t been a success, and Kentucky citizens weren’t benefitting from it, he wouldn’t be publicly endorsing keeping the state exchange – that was created by Obamacare. 

By the way, fellow Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has also supported keeping the law in Kentucky while pushing for its repeal nationally. So this hypocrisy isn’t just limited to McConnell. But it also shows just how successful the law has been in their state.

Here’s a fun fact for Kentucky voters: Had Mitch McConnell and the Republican party gotten their way, nobody in Kentucky would have ever heard of Kynect, let alone be currently benefitting from it. 

Honestly, let that sink in for a moment. McConnell is essentially praising the success of a law he hoped would not exist and still currently wants to repeal.

It’s just laughable.

Mitch McConnell is literally trying to campaign both for and against Obamacare at the same time.

And I think it’s also important to point out that Kentucky saw a massive drop in its uninsured rate this past year. But I’m sure that has nothing to do with McConnell’s desire to keep Obamacare for Kentucky, while repealing it for everyone else.

Nothing like seeing a Republican try to advocate for keeping the very health care law he’s pushed for six years to repeal (because he’s seen how successful it has been in his own state), while still pushing to have it gutted and repealed.

To her credit, Grimes hit back at McConnell’s absurdity, saying that when it comes to Obamacare she’s not sure what “fictional fantasy land that Mitch McConnell is in.” 

Because she knows, as does McConnell, that Kynect is a direct result of the Affordable Care Act and if he got his way, the state exchange would cease to exist.

This is what I don’t get about conservative voters. Republicans blatantly treat them like idiots. McConnell can’t honestly believe his constituents are intelligent, while trying to peddle nonsense such as this. Because it makes absolutely no sense. Yet despite the fact that McConnell is clearly relying on the ignorance of conservative voters not to question a statement that makes absolutely no sense, he knows they’ll eat it right up – without question – and still vote for him.

But aren’t his comments a true testament to Republican idiocy? It’s not every day you’ll see a politician endorse the very law that he’s simultaneously pushing to have repealed.

Though that’s exactly what Mitch McConnell did.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • v2787

    Conservatism is a mental disorder, which explains why McConnell continues to get votes. Anyone who votes for a republican politician is an absolute fool, but there sure seem to be a lot of fools out there. What a pity.

    • dssfdsfsd

      I understand the very wealthy voting republican. I don’t think those people are fools.. assholes maybe.. but they at least understand what they’re voting for, and spend the money to maintain the power of the already wealthy.

      • adcbeast

        @dssfdsfsd:disqus … What doesn’t make any sense is poor republicans voting republican …

        They vote against their own interests to further the republican political ideology that makes fun of their very existence and preaches that they must be destroyed for the good of the country ..

  • Steve Brains

    I am waiting for the 2016 ballots to find out just how many RED votes have been 100% racist votes. How many Republicans are “Running against Obama!” or “Against Harry Reid!” this term? Many have this as part of their advertising because they have no Congressional Record to stand on and NO real platform other than SOCIAL ISSUES and Obamahate as their substance.

    But the fact that Grimes hit him in the mouth with his own wet fish BS shows some serious savvy. But the big thing it shows is that SHE doesn’t think her constituents are idiots.

    She did make a terrible gaffe by NOT speaking up when asked who she voted for. The ANSWER would have been, “I am a strong Kentucky woman and I believe in (yada yada) so I voted AGAINST Mitt Romney because he was too much of a coward to explain his tax plan, his health plan or his war plans. He lied about Jeep and jobs in China and I didn’t trust him to do best for the Kentucky citizens!”

    But hindsight is 20/20 and I am a gifted author, not a virgin politician on National TV.

    • Carol Ann Hunigan Booher

      It is none of ANYONE”s business who Anyone votes for, that is her right and if she does not want to say fine, it was rude to even ask that question…

      • Steve Brains

        That’s how the right INVENTS news.

  • Eg Kbbs

    The ol’ MOVING GOAL POST. A repub tradition.

  • Carol Ann Hunigan Booher

    He does not even know what the ACA Law is or how it works. He is a crook out to better his nest on the backs of the taxpayers and needs to GO.

  • hawgcaller

    What’ left to say? Mitch said enough.

  • Eg Kbbs

    I suspect that McConnell didn’t actually say “Obamacare” or “ACA.”

    I wonder if he realizes that the only way his state can have their exchange is if the ACA is a national law. If other states drop it and his state tries to keep it, I guarantee the insurance companies will pull out of the state SO FAST…..

  • ScottInClearwater

    As a Democratic voter, I’m sad to say this just shows how stupid the Democratic party is. For more than a year now, the Democratic party has lived with and encouraged the lie that state exchanges like Kynect are NOT Obamacare. The Democrats were too cowardly to get out there and defend the awesome work they did creating this law and all the benefits that are flowing from it. Instead, they let Republican lies be repeated ad nauseum without ever calling the Republicans the liars they are. Now, the Democrats have given McConnell the ability and apparently a pass on continuing this lie. Democrats need to get a backbone and get one quickly. You don’t win an election by trying to be more anti-Obama than a Republican. If you think people really want an anti-Obama candidate, why in the world do you think anyone would ever vote for you when there is someone from Obama’s opposing party on the ticket?

  • “Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell”
    It looks like your goal has failed…

    • Nemisis

      When is his promise to make sure Obama is a one term president gonna kick in? I was wondering if hell froze over too.

  • Sunny Ray

    He wants to repeal a law that works good for people… isn’t it anti-american?

  • Warren Taylor

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen as much misinformation in my fairly long live of 72 years.