What wasn’t mentioned by either candidate in their speeches before laid-off coal miners was the fact that they both were located in counties that have seen the most dramatic decrease in the percentage of residents without health insurance in Kentucky—all thanks to the landmark legislation of the unpopular president they were there to roast. […]It's pretty damned clear why McConnell failed to bring it up—every time he opens his mouth on the subject, complete nonsense spills out.
[A]n examination of enrollment numbers through Kynect, Kentucky’s state insurance exchange made possible by the Affordable Care Act, shows that the uninsured rate dropped more dramatically in Perry County (where Hazard is located [and Grimes and Clinton appeared]) than in any other Kentucky county. […]
McConnell’s speech was just inside Whitley County’s border in Corbin, which has the second-largest estimated plunge in the percentage of uninsured among Kentucky counties. In 2012, 23,972 Whitley County residents were insured and 5,153 residents were not, but 6,382 people enrolled through Kynect. Assuming the same 75 percent figure, this estimate would have Whitley County’s uninsured rate falling from nearly 18 percent to less than 2 percent.
But it's absolutely true that Kentucky had a huge drop in its uninsured rate, second only to Arkansas, according to Gallup's survey. That's thanks to Obamacare, or as it's known in Kentucy, Kynect. And Kynect is relatively popular in this very red state—more popular than McConnell, who has a 54 percent unfavorable rating compared to Kynect's 27 percent opposed.
Given what a disaster McConnell is on this issue, Grimes should be going on offense with it. That's particularly true in the places where it's really working.