Monday, June 9, 2014

Success of Kynect puts both Senate candidates in a pickle

"The early success of Kentucky’s health care exchange, Kynect, is creating quandaries for both Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes as they address Obamacare" in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race," James R. Carroll reports for The Courier-Journal.

"For McConnell, the Senate minority leader, continued attacks on Obamacare — i.e., the Affordable Care Act — pose risk because the law’s implementation under Kynect has produced 421,000 enrollees in the Bluegrass State, and more public support than opposition," Carroll writes. "For Grimes, the issue is whether to fully embrace the exchange’s success as she tries to rally key elements of the Democratic base that is largely for the health-care law — while still separating herself from President Obama, who is unpopular in the state."

Carroll quotes Susan Zepeda, president of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky: “Campaign politics does not lend itself to a deep-dive into the complexities of multifaceted issues of what access to health care and payment for health care means to Kentucky communities and to Kentuckians,” so the debate is more complicated than “repeal Obamacare” or “support Kynect,” Carroll writes, in a story that goes on to explain it all.