Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell brandishes rifle at Conservative Political Action Conference 2014 on March 6, 2014
He knows as much about Kynect as he does about handling a rifle
A couple of weeks ago, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went out of his way to claim that Kynect, his state's popular implementation of Obamacare, had nothing to do with Obamacare and could survive repeal. His claim was pure nonsense, a transparently political attempt to square the fact that while Kentuckians might not like Obamacare, they're very pleased with the results it's delivering.

Just in case there was any doubt in anyone's mind about whether McConnell was serious, now we learn that in his official capacity as a lawmaker, McConnell has had absolutely zero interest in Kynect:

About six form letters. That has been the full extent of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's known interaction with Kynect, Kentucky's hugely successful Obamacare exchange, since it was created, according to state officials. [...]

"I would call it radio silence," [Audrey Haynes, Kentucky's Secretary of Health and Family Services] said when asked if McConnell's office expressed any interest since Kynect's lauded launch. "We had a lot of public meetings around the state, so possibly someone from Sen. McConnell's office maybe attended one of those meetings, but all I can say is that to our knowledge, if they were there, they did not identify themselves. We're not aware."

The only thing Mitch McConnell really knows about Kynect is that he needs to give lip service to the idea that it could survive Obamacare repeal, because otherwise he's put himself squarely in favor of repealing health insurance for nearly 1 in 10 Kentucky families, which wouldn't exactly be a good move ahead of his re-election campaign. But no matter what spin he dishes out, repealing the Affordable Care Act would mean repealing Kynect. And while she might not want to call it Obamacare, that's something his opponent Allison Lundergan Grimes needs to make crystal clear about Mitch's position if she wants to start building a case against sending him back to Washington for another six years.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 09:45 AM PDT.

Also republished by My Old Kentucky Kos.

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