Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

August 23, 2013

Beshear, McConnell square off on healthcare reform

By RONNIE ELLIS
CNHI

LOUISVILLE —

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear and Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell used the Kentucky Farm Bureau breakfast Thursday at the State Fair to duel over the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as its critics refer to it.

Beshear has implemented the law in Kentucky, establishing online exchanges for people to shop for low-cost health insurance and expanding Medicaid to cover about 300,000 previously uninsured Kentuckians.

McConnell, on the other hand, tells every audience he faces that “we need to pull out Obamacare, root and branch.”

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