Ridiculous: Mitch McConnell Wants to Repeal “Obamacare” – Except in Kentucky

mcconnell-thumbs-upWhen I first ran across this story, I literally had to read it 3 or 4 times because my brain couldn’t grasp the idiocy of what I had just read.  Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell wanting to repeal “Obamacare” is, of course, nothing new.  But his recent comment where he reiterates that he wants to repeal “Obamacare,” yet keep Kentucky’s state exchange open is completely ridiculous.

Apparently McConnell wants to keep Kynect, Kentucky’s state exchange for the Affordable Care Act, while still advocating for the repeal of “Obamacare” – which is what created Kynect.

A spokesperson for McConnell said, “If Obamacare is repealed, Kentucky should decide for itself whether to keep Kynect or set up a different marketplace.”

It makes absolutely no sense.  Kynect doesn’t exist without “Obamacare.”  This is how ignorant Republicans seem to believe their voters are.  If you repeal “Obamacare” there’s no tax subsidies or law in place that will allow Kynect to continue functioning properly.

Kentucky’s Lexington Herald-Leader agrees.  They wrote:

Repeal the federal law, which McConnell calls ‘Obamacare,’ and the state exchange would collapse.  Kynect could not survive without the ACA’s insurance reforms, including no longer allowing insurance companies to cancel policies when people get sick or deny them coverage because of pre-existing conditions, as well as the provision ending lifetime limits on benefit payments. (Kentucky tried to enact such reforms in the 1990s and found out we were too small a market to do it alone.)

This story kind of goes along with the jokes many pro-Obamacare people have said where if you present individual parts of the Affordable Care Act to conservatives they like most of them, until you group them together and call it “Obamacare” – then they suddenly hate the law.

Heck, I’m willing to bet that a good percentage of conservatives in Kentucky who like Kynect have absolutely no idea that it’s actually just “Obamacare” with a different name.  That’s probably why McConnell can release such an asinine statement.  He’s counting on conservative ignorance about the health care law.  Because someone would have to be ignorant to believe that you could repeal “Obamacare” while still continuing to run Kentucky’s state exchange Kynect.

I guess it’s a good thing for Mitch McConnell that “thinking for themselves” isn’t something most conservatives are fond of doing.


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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  • Sue Roediger

    if this was in a movie … we’d say “unbelievable”

    • gian keys flat mom

      and the tea party regressives would misspell ” unbelievable”!!

  • Guile Williams

    You know, it’s gotten to the point where I’m thinking this is all an act to keep us distracted from the impending collapse of the US dollar when it stops being the world’s primary trade currency.

  • Avatar

    Ah, if Kentuckians decide to trust McConnell on this one, they should understand one thing about their long time senator, he acts like he is the owner of their senate seat.

  • Katrina Engel

    KY has been a model for ACA participation. If you look at the polling they’ve done there, Kynect is extremely popular, and they hate Obamacare, because the marketing has been done to portray them as separate. They really do not know that what they have is the ACA. McCONNELL knows his state, and this message will work. It will get him ‘re-elected. To quote John Mayer…..”when they own the information they can bend it all they want”…….

  • Candace

    Then lets just stop calling it Obamacare (which really originated to be a derogatory name for the ACA anyway)

    • gian keys flat mom

      they will as it becomes even more successful

    • greg

      They probably call it N#! [email protected]&care in the back rooms…..bigots!

  • gian keys flat mom

    mitch is so “IN STEP” that he is now focusing upon keeping Obama from a 3rd term
    ………………………….. and he probably campaigns– and WINS ( in regressive KY) by that campaign ” promise”
    “SEE……… I made certain he didn’t win a 3rd time”

  • rossbro

    This stupid, old bastard HAS TO GO !!! Make it happen, Kentucky !

  • john

    The same thing is happening here in Indiana. Our Gov.(Mike Pence) refused to expand Medicaid under the ACA. He then realized that we were losing out on Billions of $ of Medicaid expansion money, and 350,000 Hoosiers were not being covered under the ACA Medicaid expansion program. He then created HIP 2.0 which accomplishes the same goal as the Medicaid expansion program. Hip 2.0 will be funded by ACA Medicaid expansion money, if Kathleen Sebelius approves it. The kicker is, after Pence announced his plan, he then said that he still opposes “Obamacare”, and wants to see it repealed! (Side bar: this guy is being courted heavily to run for Pres. on the Repub. ticket in 2016).

  • Stephen Barlow

    I understand the difference between senility and dementia. It’s about 1 3/4 inches. McConnehead sees out of his right eye dementedly and his other right eye senilely.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Would repealing the Medicaid Expansion ELIMINATE all but the website he wants to save?

  • Sue

    He is be the educated man who has been taking advantage of the people he thinks of as ignorant and uneducated in his state. Shame on him. How many other GOP are doing the same? Has swindled them and somehow he has remained a career politician determined to keep people in “their place”. Do you really think he cares about any individual? He is a prime example of how people are being consistently mislead by idiots like him who get re- elected because apparently the people in his state don’t care or don’t vote or can’t read and he will continue to take advantage of that. He is old, out of touch , out of date and we need new younger blood who do not subscribe to the illusion. The GOP will continue to scramble because until they stop trying to regulate woman’s bodies and push their religious fanaticism on the rest of the country they are not worthy of leading this country based on the constitution they so claim to understand. They violate it everyday by the stupid words coming out of their mouths.