Health Reform Issue A Key Battleground In 2014

Dec 20, 2013

Kentucky's political leaders paint very different pictures of what 2014 holds for the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has made no secret of his expectations for the Affordable Care Act. In a speech on the Senate floor last month, the senator said the troubled rollout has Democrats worried.

"They can keep trying to distance themselves from Obamacare in public while simultaneously protecting it from meaningful change in private, to keep standing by as this train wreck unloads on the middle class, or they can simply accept that they were wrong to ignore all the warnings," McConnell said.

McConnell’s likely Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes has been cautious about embracing the law, calling for some delays and extensions for several deadlines.

But Gov. Steve Beshear told reporters this week Republicans are jumping the gun in assuming the health reform issue will be a drag on Democratic candidates.

"In my opinion, November a year from now, this is issue is going to look entirely different than it looks today. 80 percent of Americans are not affected by the Affordable Care Act, but they don't know it right now because there's so much misinformation out there," the governor said.

About 85,000 Kentuckians have signed up for private or Medicaid plans through Kynect.