|By Sam Youngman, Lexington Herald-Leader|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Grimes belatedly seized on remarks McConnell made Friday, when he said his repeated calls to repeal "Obamacare" were unrelated to the future of Kynect, the health care exchange Gov.
When asked specifically whether the state exchange, which more than 400,000 Kentuckians have used to sign up for
"I think that's unconnected to my comments about the overall question," McConnell said last week.
Five days later, the Grimes campaign accused McConnell of trying to "destroy" Kynect.
McConnell did not retreat from his stance Wednesday, noting through aides that states were free to set up exchanges before the health care law, as
"Despite the cancellation letters that were sent to tens of thousands of Kentuckians happy with their insurance,
Democrats and state officials belittled that reasoning, noting that federal subsidies for expanded
"His claim about Kynect is disconnected from reality," said U.S. Rep.
"Subsidies through the exchange to help cover the cost of private health insurance and the
The health care law, however, is not an easy line of attack for Grimes, demonstrated by the length of time it took her campaign to comment.
Grimes has remained vague when asked about how she would fix the law, and last week, she twice refused to tell the
On Wednesday, the Herald-Leader asked the Grimes campaign specifically how she would fix the law. In response, Grimes spokeswoman
"Kentuckians deserve fair flexibility to insure their families are not bankrupted by the lack of access to affordable health care," Grimes told the newspaper. "However, the Affordable Care Act is not perfect; there are parts that need to be fixed. We must investigate and address the botched national roll-out, offer relief to small businesses, make sure individuals can keep their current plans, and address affordability issues."
Although Grimes has been careful to avoid fully embracing the law, the McConnell campaign on Wednesday viewed Hurst's response as an endorsement of "Obamacare."
"We applaud the decision by
While McConnell has sought to make the health care law a central part of his strategy to tie Grimes to Obama, who remains deeply unpopular in
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