Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell says he would try to repeal the Affordable Care Act if he's elected Senate majority leader.If Mitch wants to say he's for Obamacare repeal, he's got to acknowledge what repealing Obamacare would really mean, and that includes dismantling things like Kynect, the new health care exchange created because of Obamacare.
But the veteran senator won't say what would happen to the 421,000 Kentuckians who have health insurance through the state's health care exchange.
McConnell told reporters Friday that the fate of the state exchange is unconnected to the federal health care law. Yet the exchange would not exist, if not for the law that created it.
Obviously, he doesn't want to do that, because he knows that repealing Kynect would mean repealing health insurance for 421,000 Kentuckians and kicking a half million people off their health insurance plans in an election year would be the kiss of death.
But instead of making an honest assessment of the situation, McConnell is choosing to tell a lie—that Kentuckians can have all the benefits of the Affordable Care Act while simultaneously repealing the monstrosity known as Obamacare, even though they are the same exact thing.
The only way McConnell can get away with this is if Kynect's supporters in Kentucky allow him to get away with it. Instead of looking the other way at his mendacity, they should come down on his dishonesty with the force of a sledgehammer. It's really a simple story: Mitch is lying because he wants to have it both ways. And he should be held accountable for it.