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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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  •  I'm in KY. So far, his campaign has started with (11+ / 0-)

    attack ads against Allison Grimes -- she's a liberal, she likes Obama stuff -- put up by some group without McConnell's name.  It's about all he's got.  He really isn't liked around here.  LOL We're thinking he may try to run an Invisible Man campaign, this time.

    Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

    by bkamr on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 09:49:58 AM PDT

  •  Why is this man walking around with a gun? (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Same Interest McConnell Has In Kentuckians. None. (11+ / 0-)

    The only time McTurdle ever shows up with his "wife" and bullshit is election time. He is just a grifter depending on the stupidity of a lot of Kentuckians to get back to Lobbytown.

  •  The 19th century called. (5+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, JML9999, Wary, Yonit, jyssco

    It wants its gun back.

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 09:53:14 AM PDT

    •  Well, it *DOES* match his political views (4+ / 0-)
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      He definitely has an antebellum view of the world.

      GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

      by ontheleftcoast on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 09:57:18 AM PDT

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  •  Caught in his own web of lies (2+ / 0-)
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    Now let's watch as the Kentucky press takes him to task for this!

    Pfft! Snort! HAHAHAHA! Yeah, right. :P

    GOP 2014 strategy -- Hire clowns, elephants, and a ringmaster and say "a media circus" has emerged and blame Democrats for lack of progress. Have pundits agree that "both sides are to blame" and hope the public will stay home on election day.

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 09:53:19 AM PDT

  •  Call the Utility company McConnell has been (2+ / 0-)
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    Dis-Kynect-ed

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 09:57:37 AM PDT

  •  At least Charleton Heston, as an actor, looked (2+ / 0-)
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    convincing posing with a rifle. The Turtle, not so much.

  •  repeatedly, the line on the front page (2+ / 0-)
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    has basically been "Here's Grimes' case. She needs to make it."
    The suggestion to me is that she is not making this case, which is political malpractice. What is wrong with the Grimes campaign? Please tell me they're not this incompetent. Are they keeping their powder dry, or what?

    I understand that it's KY, and that there are an undetermined number of people who already think that Ky-nect is not connected to the dreaded Obamacare. Well then, seems like now would be a good time to educate them on the facts. In fact, it would be unfair not to let them know that there is a candidate in the race who says he is dedicated to taking away their shiny new health insurance. Don't they deserve to know about the threat to them? If the media won't tell them, surely the Dem candidate should make the effort.

    •  the campaign (2+ / 0-)
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      wants to focus on bread and butter issues like raising the minimum wage and avoid anything that connects her to Obama, who is pretty much reviled by the conservaDem voters they are trying to woo.

      They are going to go all in on a ground campaign since this will be a tight race and that could make the difference.

      I just met with a field organizer for the western half of the state on Saturday. My county is one that will be targeted for the ground campaign.

      •  What could be more bread and butter (1+ / 0-)
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        than health care coverage?  Minimum wage, wage fairness, health care and prescription coverage, not to mention carbon pollution, are all bread and butter issues, and particularly important to women.

        "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke

        by SueDe on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 01:28:34 PM PDT

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    •  She's scared of being pinned to Obama (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm disturbed by her unwillingness to go after McConnell on kynect, but she is so afraid of being remotely associated with Obama that it makes my head hurt.  Instead, she is dueling it out with McConnell over who loves coal miners more.  And both campaigns have entered the stupid zone.

      I'd blog about all of this, but it seems that I'm not very good at writing interesting diaries.

  •  The ACA is a curiosity (0+ / 0-)

    I have seen a number of republicans that are in support of the ACA.  Some are state reps and some are national legislators.  It's curious because the ones that are supporting it are the ones that see polling data in their district/state that says the majority of the voters support it.  Conversely, republicans that do not support it are the ones that know that in their districts/state, the polling data shows that NOT supporting it is popular.  It's all political at this point.  

    On the other hand, the VAST majority of the democrats from local to state to national...SUPPORT ACA and are not shy about saying it.  

    The word "disingenuous" comes to mind.  

  •   Alison Grimes NOT speaking to Kynect (1+ / 0-)
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    Either. Actually the one ad she has up is totally turning me off since she's 'strong' on keeping Dirty Coal, and attacking Pres Obama.

    She'll wait till Mitch Says something more, otherwise she's not addressing it, .

    Here's a good article in the Sunday Courier Journal about the two

    WASHINGTON –  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 the Kentucky Senate race.
    Mitch and Alison

    Interesting analysis

  •  More should be mentioned about the funding (0+ / 0-)

    Kynext is funded through the taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act.

    McConnell, and the rest of the Republicans, needs to be asked how these popular programs will be funded if the ACA is repealed.

    The Republicans never mention the funding mechanisms of the ACA even though its taxes an those whose income is above $250k is the real reason they want to repeal the ACA.

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    by Tomtech on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 11:56:22 AM PDT

  •  McConnell's actions remind me (0+ / 0-)

    of a fish flopping around on the bottom of a boat, hoping for a way back to his familiar, comfortable environment.  It's actually pretty entertaining.  Unfortunately, I think he's liable to win his election anyway, but in the meantime he's pretty funny flopping around and trying to ignore reality.  I can't imagine how he's going to get the hook out of his throat that he readily swallowed all by himself.  Meanwhile, I'm just enjoying the show.

    "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke

    by SueDe on Mon Jun 09, 2014 at 01:12:32 PM PDT

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