KY Gov: McConnell's Obamacare criticism will hurt him
December 5th, 2013
01:32 PM ET
5 months ago

KY Gov: McConnell's Obamacare criticism will hurt him

(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.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    No one with right mind votes for this old thug of GOP. Period. It is a testament.

    December 5, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. wendel

    I hope Mitch gets voted out. Kentucky deserves better

    December 5, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Mitch McConnell has created a governmental mess in DC. He filibusters his own bill, pledges to put politics above the well being of the country, and has obstructed jobs programs in his own state. It is hard to move forward when he has created a 200 car pileup blocking everything.

    December 5, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Senator McConnell's Senate career is toast. Stick a fork in him. He's done. If his primary challenger doesn't knock him off of his horse, then his Democratic challenger most certainly will. I'll give him credit for his staying power, but anyone foolish enough to be caught on camera the way he has of late is weak.

    Let's see. He's been caught on camera declaring that the party's top priority should be to deny Pres. Obama a re-election. Everyone knows about that one. But, did you forget about the one back in October? He was caught on an open mic with Sen. Rand Paul getting their talking points together to make it appear that Democrats were responsible for the government shutdown.

    December 5, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  5. Vic of New York

    Next year is America's opportunity to fix the problem. Dump Mitch McConnell and the useless Republicans! Give us a Democrat super majority and watch Americans start working again, watch every American get helath insurance (depite the lies Repugs have been feeding us), and watch how America once again becomes the most envied nation in the world! Time to export the CONs to Sumalia – a place with "small govenment", few taxes, and where they can own all the guns they want!

    December 5, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Dennis Freeman

    McConnell never really lets the facts get in his way, nor do most in the Tea Party/GOP.

    December 5, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell... has a nice ring to it.

    December 5, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Silence DoGood

    Perfect quote ""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?"

    The big problem for the GOP then – What to whine about next while doing nothing?

    December 5, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. ARMYCSM

    "He was caught on an open mic with Sen. Rand Paul getting their talking points together to make it appear that Democrats were responsible for the government shutdown." and if it wasn't recorded he would have lied but "WE GOT YA!

    December 5, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. rs

    McConnell is every bit as reprehensible as Boehner for all of the filibusters and appointments he has blocked. In the end, his dealings with the ACA may be the least of his troubles.

    December 5, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Beshear added that 65,000 – 69,000 residents of Kentucky have already signed up for health care insurance through Kentucky's exchange.
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    It was stated in the midst of the inauspicious rollout that the state of Kentucky led the way with Obamacare sign ups through the state exchange.
    But that won't deter Loose Lips McConnell from claiming otherwise.
    Modern day Republicans live in a world where facts and people that make less than $10million/year don't matter.
    Must be nice....

    December 5, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. simplefaith

    Mitch McConnell is a bad man. He was the Senator to indicate President Obama will be a One Term President without giving the President a chance to prove himself as a good leader. He never has anything positive to say and he is not an honest man. Yes, he will have a problem of being reelected because the American people are sick and tired of him.

    December 5, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Nice try gov. But facts are facts. Obamacare is falling faster than american pay checks.

    December 5, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Richard Long

    How's the Obamacare enrollment going?

    December 5, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell... has a nice ring to it.
    --------------------------------
    Yeah, it does. So did President Mitt Romney. Mitch is over the hill, and its' beginning to show through more and more. Letting himself get caught with Rand Paul conspiring to make false and misleading statements to reporters is damning. Mitch had even told Paul, before the conversation had even begun, that they were in front of open mics and cameras. Mitch was standing in front of a cluster of several microphones. The act itself was just as damning as the topic of convesation. He's toast.

    December 5, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Ol' Yeller

    @Rudy NYC
    "Let's see. He's been caught on camera..."

    Yes, this whole camera, recording, fact checking thing is a real quandary for the republicants. They are not used to someone saying, "That's not what you said..." and rolling tape on them. They are used to shouting people down, calling them liars, changing the subject to abortion... etc..
    Lucky for them, their base (what they have left of a base- evangelicals, poor white trash, NASCAR crowd, kkk, and the uber rich) will believe them over the facts, videotape, deathbed confession etc, because that is easier than facing actual reality.

    December 5, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Lungergan Grimes is going to wipe the floor with McObstruction. Obamacare/KYNECT and it's success is just icing on the cake.

    December 5, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  18. Tommy G

    Yeah, right... As every Democrat running for re-election runs from Obamacare and won't be photographed with Obama. These Democrats and their lies just never cease to amaze me.

    So I eagerly await the Democrat Party all campaigning in 2014 with Obama by their side telling everybody how great Obamacare is and that their cancelled healthcare insurance is just a made up 'nontroversy". I can hardly wait Democrtas. Stay true to your word and principles. Don't be two faced liars because that is worse than than the liars everybody knows you are now.

    December 5, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  19. just saying

    Richard Long
    How's the Obamacare enrollment going?
    --

    500,000 on medicaid.... free pretend healthcare.
    200,000 enrolled but that few have actually paid for, mostly old and very sick people
    5,200,000 americans had their health insurance canclled thanks to obmaacare.

    yup, working out wonderfully. a perfect liberal program. the good of the few out weighs the need of the many.

    December 5, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    ARMYCSM

    "He was caught on an open mic with Sen. Rand Paul getting their talking points together to make it appear that Democrats were responsible for the government shutdown." and if it wasn't recorded he would have lied but "WE GOT YA!
    --------------------------
    Not only was it recorded, McConnell knew that it was being recorded, while Paul either didn't know or didn't care. Despite knowing that he was caught dead to rights, he knew that was committed to following through with making the misleading statements to the same reporters who had just moments before recorded it. The conspiracy was already in motion, and there was no stopping it in mid-flight.

    December 5, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. Tommy G

    Rudy NYC
    Tommy G
    I pray that our federal government will start enforcing our current immigration laws and start rounding up and deporting the milllions of illegal country invaders that live here without fear of being deported because our own governemnt refuses to enforce the laws of this nation.
    ------------
    Seriously? You want a group of immigration enforcers to go around hunting for illegal immigrants? Let's see how that would work in practice, shall we? They would knock on a door, flash a badge, enter and thoroughly search a home or business, and do it at any time of the day or night. Refusal to open your door would have consequences. Once suspects are captured, they are thrown into a waiting paddy wagon as the rest of the neighborhood is searched. Once the paddy wagon is full, the detainees are shipped off to a prison as they await immedaite deportment.
    What laws on the books are not being enforced? I ask because as far as I know, we don't have any laws on our books that permit law enforcement to act in the ways described above. That sort of police brutality is usually only carried out by brutal dictators and communist regimes. Right? Is that what you really want?
    -–

    I guess you've never seen the raids on employers by ICE. But this won't even be neccessary. Before starting strict enforcement, you can offer them free bus rides to the Mexican border or airport. If they are caught here after that, in the normal course of police work, then they get deported, no exceptions, including all of Obama's relatives that are here illegally. It is called equality under the law. That is the way we USED to enforce the laws of this nation.

    So are you saying that even after new immigration laws are passed, you STILL would not arreste dand deport people here illegally?

    December 5, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Ol' Yeller: "Yes, this whole camera, recording, fact checking thing is a real quandary for the republicants. They are not used to someone saying, "That's not what you said..." and rolling tape on them."

    Indeed they aren't. Neither are they used to wishing on one hand and hoping on the other hand. For as much as CNN wants to pretend otherwise, the Grand Old Party is running against one speed bump after another ... all of their own making. This group has managed to anger nearly every voting demographic to speak of and yet here they are day after day still pretending they really, really care about, well ... you & me & Dominican mama & (you get the picture).

    December 5, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell... has a nice ring to it.
    **************************

    Former Senator Mitch McConnell sounds much better, and is far more plausible.

    December 5, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    "He's toast."
    ------–
    Doubt it. Time will tell, but the smart money does not underestimate this guy.

    December 5, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    The Real Tom Paine

    -Fair is Fair

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell... has a nice ring to it.
    **************************

    Former Senator Mitch McConnell sounds much better, and is far more plausible.
    -----–
    Good Day to you, Tom. We can agree to disagree, but my gut tells me the donkey party is going to be disappointed on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November 2014.

    December 5, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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