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A spokesperson for McConnell said, “If Obamacare is repealed, Kentucky should decide for itself whether to keep Kynect or set up a different marketplace.”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