(CNN) – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's criticism of the Affordable Care Act may come back to haunt him in the next year's midterm race, according to Steve Beshear, the Democratic governor of McConnell's home state of Kentucky.
"I have a U.S. Senator who keeps saying Kentuckians don't want this. Well, the facts don't prove that out," the Governor said at Thursday's Democratic House Leaders caucus meeting on Obamacare.
McConnell is highlighting his opposition to the federal health care law as he runs in 2014 for a sixth term in the Senate.
Beshear added that 65,000 – 69,000 residents of Kentucky have already signed up for health care insurance through Kentucky's exchange. The Governor predicted Obamacare will be more clear and familiar among Americans by the end of 2014, and could actually help Democrats who supported the law.
"I think (Obamacare) will be an issue in next November's Senate race in Kentucky, as well as races all over the country," he said. "I predict that it will be an issue where people are going to start looking at the critics and saying, 'What was all that yelling and screaming about? I think you must have misinformed us about the Affordable Care Act.' So we will wait and see but I think it may well be an issue."
His comments come as some question whether Democrats will try to avoid running on their record of supporting Obamacare. Beshear seems to think that owning Obamacare may be a smart move by next November.
"I know this (Democratic) House Caucus reaches out and reaches out to try and find common ground and compromise, and if the other side doesn't do it, I think that will be the major issue next November," Beshear said.
The glitch-ridden, faulty rollout of the Obamacare website has given Republicans a lot of ammunition, but Beshear said it's time to move on and get along with their Congressional colleagues.
"I'm going to tell you what Kentuckians and I think. Americans are disgusted with the dysfunction here…I think next year that the focus is going to shift right back to the fact that we've got to start working together to move this country forward," he said.