Obamacare Politics: Lessons From The Kentucky Governor’s Race
by David K. Jones
Republican Matt Bevin’s dominant victory in Kentucky’s gubernatorial race is a blow for Obamacare, but is probably not as damaging as it seems. Kentucky will become a test case for what happens when a newly elected conservative comes into office after promising to undo the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage expansions: Bevin is likely to quickly confront the practical and political realities of taking away insurance from 400,000 people. Republicans in DC might learn from either his softening or the ensuing mess following cuts and could well think twice before trying to repeal the ACA nationally.