By Ferdous Al-Faruque - 06/17/14 12:36 PM EDT
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) jabbed Kentucky’s Republican senators, who he said are suddenly sounding like they support the state’s healthcare exchange.
Beshear noted that Sen. Rand Paul and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have both argued that Kentucky’s exchange could live on if ObamaCare was repealed.
“Now that we have 421,000 potential voters in Kentucky signed up for healthcare, our senators and others seem to be looking at it a little differently and trying to talk about it a little differently,” he added.
A recent poll found that a majority of Kentuckians oppose ObamaCare but a plurality still likes the state healthcare exchange created by the law.
McConnell is facing a tough re-election challenge from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, who has called out the GOP leader for his comments that Kentucky’s exchange could survive if ObamaCare was repealed.
Beshear has become a Democratic favorite for pushing through a Medicaid expansion in Kentucky in May through an executive order despite opposition from the state legislature.
The governor was also touted by President Obama during his State of the Union Address earlier this year as a “man possessed” to bring healthcare to more Kentuckians.