Beshear Addresses National Health Care Conference

Jun 17, 2014

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Gov. Steve Beshear addressed a national health care conference in Washington D.C. Tuesday to once again tout Kentucky’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

In his address to the national State of Enrollment Conference, Beshear highlighted the success Kynect - the state’s health insurance exchange - has enjoyed.

Hundreds of thousands signed up for new coverage on the state-run website, which has outperformed its federal counterpart.

Beshear told attendees at the State of Enrollment conference that while Kentuckians continue to hold a negative view of President Barack Obama and his health care law, people are big fans Kynect.

“Another thing we did was carefully separate the politics of the Affordable Care Act from the health care impact of Kynect," Beshear said. "That was a very fine line to walk, and I’m still walking it.”

But the governor had choice words for critics of the exchange.

“Nationally, I’ve become the face of Obamacare to many, calling out Sen. Mitch McConnell and others who continue to try to dismantle the Affordable Care Act for being disingenuous now when they talk about it.”

Both McConnell and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul have recently backed off of claims that the entire Affordable Care Act should be repealed.