Mitch McConnell has been adamant: he won’t rest until that evil Obamacare is repealed. But then over 300,000 Kentuckians got health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and, welp, ol’ McConnell has changed his tune. He still wants to repeal that evil Obamacare, but maybe not in Kentucky:
The Republican Senate minority leader is rhetorically standing by his pro-repeal stance, but — in what amounts to a softening of his position and a contradiction — he’s also saying his home state of Kentucky should be allowed to keep Kynect, its state-based Obamacare exchange, if the federal law is eliminated.
“If Obamacare is repealed, Kentucky should decide for itself whether to keep Kynect or set up a different marketplace,” Allison Moore, a campaign spokeswoman for McConnell, told TPM in a statement Tuesday. “But Kentuckians shouldn’t have been forced to lose the plans they had and liked, shouldn’t have seen their premiums skyrocket, shouldn’t have had their Medicare cut, and shouldn’t have had their taxes raised because of President Obama and his friends in Washington forced it down their throats.”
It’s unclear how McConnell’s idea might work — or if it can work. Kynect relies upon Obamacare and would not have existed without it. The federal health care law funds the subsidies it doles out to help Kentuckians buy insurance; it establishes the regulations that protect residents with preexisting conditions; it imposes the individual mandate to entice younger people into the system in order to prevent a cycle of price spikes. If Obamacare is repealed, all these features collapse and Kynect crumbles.
Look, some people are just too poor to have healthcare.
Once someone like McConnell switches gears, it probably means the GOP finally, at long last, is about done trying to fight this losing battle.