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McConnell suggests ObamaCare exchange could survive repeal

By Elise Viebeck - 05/27/14 04:08 PM EDT

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is suggesting that Kentucky's health insurance exchange could survive repeal of ObamaCare, the law that created the marketplace.

In a statement, McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore said Kentucky should "decide for itself whether to keep" the exchange "or set up a different marketplace" if the healthcare law is repealed.

The comment follows criticism of McConnell last week for arguing that Kentucky's exchange, known as Kynect, is not connected to the Affordable Care Act.

The healthcare law created a system of exchanges, including Kynect, where consumers in each state can purchase coverage, often while receiving assistance from the government.

In addition to providing a unified way of comparing plans, the exchanges distribute subsidies to make health policies cheaper.

This function would disappear if ObamaCare were repealed, even if Kentucky voted to establish an exchange of its own.

Moore's statement was made to WFPL News in Louisville.

"Kentuckians shouldn't have been forced to lose the plans they had and liked, shouldn't have seen their premiums skyrocket, shouldn't have had their Medicare cut, and shouldn't have had their taxes raised because of President Obama and his friends in Washington forced it down their throats," she said.

McConnell is facing a challenge from Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in a race that will help determine which party controls the Senate next year. He is pivoting to a general election fight against Grimes after crushing his Republican primary challenger last week.

He called for an investigation Tuesday after reports suggested the government-made subsidy payments under ObamaCare that were incorrect.

Grimes has embraced Kynect but has declined to say whether she would have voted for ObamaCare in 2010.

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Re: McConnell suggests ObamaCare exchange could survive repeal
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2014, 06:27:16 PM »
The Repub's have no intention on repealing Obamacare....never have.

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Re: McConnell suggests ObamaCare exchange could survive repeal
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2014, 06:34:24 PM »
Things like insurance coverage for children up to 26 and no exclusion for pre-existing conditions will never be repealed.  That is true.

The exchanges were a Republican idea way back in the 1990s and serve as a dashboard to compare prices for different insurance company offerings.

If Republicans repealed exchanges, they'd just have to institute something similar.
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Re: McConnell suggests ObamaCare exchange could survive repeal
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2014, 12:07:50 AM »
Things like insurance coverage for children up to 26 and no exclusion for pre-existing conditions will never be repealed.  That is true.

The exchanges were a Republican idea way back in the 1990s and serve as a dashboard to compare prices for different insurance company offerings.

If Republicans repealed exchanges, they'd just have to institute something similar.

What about free and fair competition between numerous insurance companies, without the hamfisted thumb of government pressing heavily on one side of the scales?

Car insurance has become quite competitive, and the ability to do comparison shopping quite well-developed, all without having the federal government nationalize the auto insurance industry.

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Re: McConnell suggests ObamaCare exchange could survive repeal
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2014, 01:28:49 AM »
What about free and fair competition between numerous insurance companies, without the hamfisted thumb of government pressing heavily on one side of the scales?

Car insurance has become quite competitive, and the ability to do comparison shopping quite well-developed, all without having the federal government nationalize the auto insurance industry.
A big aspect of Obamacare requires (regulating) all sorts of coverage, to be in all policies--driving up the costs of all policies.

--pre existing conditions.
--maternity.
--mental health.
etc.

The result is that those who make no use of those regulated "coverages" nevertheless pay for them.

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Re: McConnell suggests ObamaCare exchange could survive repeal
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2014, 09:41:16 AM »
The Repub's have no intention on repealing Obamacare....never have.

I believe that to be a fact, based on the empirical evidence.

What career politician willingly gives up that kind of power?


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