In Kentucky, a Rare Southern Embrace of Obamacare

Gov. Steve Beshear’s all-out support for President Barack Obama’s health care reform law puts him starkly at odds with Kentucky’s senators — McConnell and Rand Paul — who argue that neither the country nor the state can afford a new entitlement program that they say has already raised premiums and kicked people off their existing plans.
September 3, 2013
 

Mitch McConnell can’t say often enough how much he opposes Obamacare. But as the Senate’s top Republican begins his reelection campaign, the Democratic leaders of his home state are embracing the controversial health law and its ambitious goals more aggressively than any of their southern neighbors.

 
For Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, who is term-limited and can’t run again in 2015, making the law work is a top priority. He believes it can improve the chronically poor health status in his state and cover up to 640,000 uninsured residents.
 
Beshear’s all-out support for President Barack Obama’s health care reform law puts him starkly at odds with Kentucky’s senators — McConnell and Rand Paul — who argue that neither the country nor the state can afford a new entitlement program that they say has already raised premiums and kicked people off their existing plans.

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