KY Gov: McConnell's Obamacare criticism will hurt him
December 5th, 2013
01:32 PM ET
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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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  1. Rudy NYC

    Tommy G wrote:

    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?
    I'm familiar with immigration raids by ICE. They use warrants. But, that is not what you're advocating.

    "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.... ... ..."

    You're advocating hunting parties and fishing expeditions. That's what "rounding up" actually means, Tommy. It's what brutal governments do. It's what dictators do. It's what communist regimes do. They "round up" the undesireables by pro-actively hunting for them. No courts. Just force. Just round them all up and deport them, no mess, no fuss, and no court hearings.

    You forgot to mention a court hearing, so it is obvious that a hearing isn't part of the bargain. Lock 'em up, toss 'em out.

    December 5, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC


    So, I ask you again. What "current immigration laws" do we have on the books that allow for your thuggish police brutality?

    December 5, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Yeller Teeth

    "Lucky for them, their base (what they have left of a base- evangelicals, poor white trash, NASCAR crowd, kkk, and the uber rich)"
    As opposed to the left's base of: Welfare taking, Section 8 housing using, Obamaphone having, Food Stamp abusing leeches of society? That base?

    December 5, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Randy Paul / Mitch McConnell 2016

    Daniel Boone didn't need affordable Healthcare ?

    December 5, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Tommy G

    Rudy NYC
    So, I ask you again. What "current immigration laws" do we have on the books that allow for your thuggish police brutality?

    Like I said, we don't even have to round them up, just deport the ones you catch now, instead of just letting them go, as they do now. Their hearing would be expedited and they would be required to remain in custody until deported.

    And YOU still haven't answered my question, even if new immigration laws are passed will YOU support deporting every single illegal caught here after the new law is passed? Or will it be sanctuary cities still?

    December 5, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Mike

    "What was all that yelling and screaming about?" How about the lies, the disastrous website roll-out, and the enormous waste of our tax dollars?
    There will be more “yelling and screaming” as this thing continues to unfold.

    December 5, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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