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.


Facebook comments