Beshear, Bevin battle over Kentucky’s health care system

Thursday, former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear launched Save Kentucky Healthcare. The online campaign aims to stop Gov. Matt Bevin from dismantling kynect, the state’s health exchange, and changing the Medicaid expansion program.

Beshear says the current health care system is working. He cites a Kaiser survey that indicates  40 percent of Kentuckians say Medicaid is important for their families. He said the people of Kentucky can’t afford to go backward.

There are three things to know about Susan Baker: she loves the Lord, she loves to sing, and she loves saving a dollar. She works part time and says she went without health coverage for a decade. “When you don’t have health insurance, you’re just left to whatever,” she said. “I don’t think that’s right in this country.”

Beshear agrees. He says he hopes his organization will bring people together so Bevin will reconsider his stance on kynect and Medicaid expansion. "Why? Because it’s working. Study after study confirms the success of both expanded Medicaid and the state operated health benefit exchange we call kynect,” Beshear said.

Bevin says this is Beshear’s way of promoting his political legacy. He also said he is “focused on fixing Kentucky’s fiscal crisis, which includes $30 billion in unfunded pension liabilities for teachers and state workers.”

"It defies logical that former Governor Beshear continues to extol the virtues of Obamacare.” Kentucky GOP chairman Mac Brown says. 

"The election of Governor Bevin made it clear that the citizens of the Commonwealth overwhelmingly agree that Obamacare is a fundamentally flawed," Kentucky State Representative Robert Benvenuti of Lexington says.

For more information on Save Kentucky Healthcare, click here

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