McConnell Addresses Obamacare’s Success In Kentucky

AP

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked Tuesday about Obamacare’s relative success in his home state of Kentucky, where a Democratic governor has implemented a state-based insurance exchange and is seeing thousands of residents sign up successfully.

The Republican leader’s full response, during his weekly press briefing in the Capitol:

“Well, 85 percent of the people who’ve signed up in Kentucky have signed up for Medicaid. That’s free health care. If you want to give out free health care you’re going to have a lot of interest. Just like free anything else. There’ve also been, if you look at the statistics today, I believe I’m correct, about 270,000 cancellations of policies that people already had. So I know there’s been a great effort on the part of the administration and the governor of Kentucky to paint a pretty picture. The rollout is quite mixed — quite mixed — and largely people signing up for Medicaid. Free health care.”

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