Red-state Democratic Gov. Beshear embraces Obamacare

September 27, 2013

At least one red-state Democrat is giving his full-throated support to President Obama's health-care law.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) is out with a New York Times op-ed calling on Republicans to stop trying to kill the law.

The op-ed is titled: "My State Needs Obamacare. Now."

Here's the crux:

As for naysayers, I’m offended by their partisan gamesmanship, as they continue to pour time, money and energy into overturning or defunding the Affordable Care Act. It’s shameful that these critics haven’t invested that same level of energy into trying to improve the health of our citizens.

They insist that the Affordable Care Act will never work — when in fact a similar approach put into effect in Massachusetts by Mitt Romney, then the governor, is working.

So, to those more worried about political power than Kentucky’s families, I say, “Get over it.”

The Affordable Care Act was approved by Congress and sanctioned by the Supreme Court. It is the law of the land.

Get over it ... and get out of the way so I can help my people. Here in Kentucky, we cannot afford to waste another day or another life.

A Democrat embracing Obama's health-care law is not unusual, of course, but it is notable that Beshear comes from such a red state.

Other red-state Democrats have trod more cautiously, expressing concerns about the law. For example, Sen. Joe Manchin (D), from neighboring West Virginia, on Thursday called for a one-year Obamacare delay.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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