The remark reflects how much Republicans have shifted away in recent years from the formerly bipartisan goal of universal coverage.
McConnell said the primary issue is lowering costs, naming "interstate sales of health insurance" and "lawsuit reform" to achieve that goal. He backed state-run high risk pools as a way to insure more Americans. The ideas mirror Mitt Romney's prescription, according to an analysis by the New York Times.
McConnell's comments indicate the vulnerability of the Republican push to get rid of the law: years after promising repeal and replace, they still lack a comprehensive solution to achieve goals on the same scale of the Affordable Care Act.
In an email to the Huffington Post after his appearance, McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said Republicans would help the uninsured by lowering costs. "If health care is more affordable," Stewart wrote, "more of the uninsured can find coverage."