The Lexington Herald-Leader lets Mitch McConnell have it for his double-sided stance on wanting to both completely repeal Obamacare and to somehow keep Kentucky's state insurance exchange.
Sen. Mitch McConnell has some explaining to do.
What in the world did he mean last week when he told reporters that repeal of the Affordable Care Act — "root and branch," as he has demanded many times — is "unconnected" to the future of Kynect, Kentucky's health insurance exchange?
Asked specifically if Kynect should be dismantled, McConnell said: "I think that's unconnected to my comments about the overall question."
Nothing could be more connected — or should be more important to Kentucky's senior senator — than the fates of the more than 400,000 Kentuckians who are getting health insurance, many for the first time, and the federal Affordable Care Act, which is making that possible.
Repeal the federal law, which McConnell calls "Obamacare," and the state exchange would collapse.
Ouch. For the LHL to actually go after Mitch openly like this is rare and appreciated, and shows you just how stupid he thinks we Kentucky voters are.
We asked the McConnell campaign for a clarification and were sent the usual talking points and a statement saying, "If Obamacare is repealed, Kentucky should decide for itself whether to keep Kynect or set up a different marketplace," a suggestion that is unconnected to reality.
Kentuckians are waiting to learn if their five-term senator understands — or cares — how much is at stake.
He doesn't care, neither do any Republicans in Congress whatsoever. But he'll care in November when he's out of a job.