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McConnell Admits Medicaid Expansion Is Probably Here To Stay

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McConnell criticized Beshear for accepting the Medicaid expansion, calling it “a mistake,” and said he wanted to repeal the entire law “root and branch.” But when I pressed him about the politics of taking away Medicaid from those individuals that now have it, he suggested that was unlikely – even while still faulting Beshear for the decision.

"I don’t know that it will be taken away from them,” McConnell told Martin of coverage gained by poor Kentuckians through expanded Medicaid. He added in reference to Beshear and state officials: “They’ve made the decision to expand it, they’re gonna have to pay for it.”

An exact number of people covered through Medicaid expansion isn't yet available, but more than 350,000 had signed up for Medicaid (both traditional and expanded) through the Kentucky's exchange as of April.