Dem Governor Sends Sens Paul and McConnell Reeling With a Powerful Defense of Obamacare
It’s not 2010.
As Republicans preach hatred of Obamacare to a dwindling audience even among their own members, Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear chose to use the Kentucky Farm Bureau Country Ham Breakfast to make a powerful case for Obamacare to 1,600 diners.
Republican Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, also attending, weren’t expecting the onslaught. Jill Lawrence reported, “It was not what anyone expected—least of all Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, who sat stone-faced onstage with Beshear as he unloaded on them without using names.”
Beshear finished with a stab to the heart of GOP’s NoCare, no alternative. “It’s amazing to me how people who are pouring time and money and energy into trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act sure haven’t put that kind of energy into trying to improve the health of Kentuckians,” according to the National Journal.
That’s my Governor!
And Kentucky is already gearing up to implement the insurance exchange. A hotline is available for anyone who has questions, and open enrollment starts October 1.
That’s great news for the 640,000 Kentuckians (15% of the population) who are currently uninsured.
Needless to say, McConnell and Paul were not happy.
The Governor might have surprised Senator Rand Paul, who later lamely claimed that he doesn’t do partisan topics at nonpartisan events like the Ham Breakfast (and then proceeded to list off some partisan topics in the way that Republicans do, assuming everyone agrees with them - so that “partisan” means “doesn’t agree with me”), but he knows very well that Beshear chose well.
Too bad…so sad for the Senators…
Kentucky is moving ahead without them.