Affordable Care Act front and center in new McConnell TV ad

10/09/2014 10:44 AM

Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is touting his support to repeal the Affordable Care Act in a new ad airing statewide Thursday.

The spot features Dr. Sandy Schuldheisz of Somerset, who says she has seen firsthand how the new health law has affected patients’ access to care as both a doctor and a mother.

“My son has diabetes, and our insurance was cancelled under Obamacare,” Schuldheisz says in the ad. “Like many, we now pay more for less coverage. Mitch McConnell is working for common-sense health care reforms.”

The spot furthers McConnell’s theme of linking Grimes with President Barack Obama, with a picture of Grimes and Obama and text that reads, “Alison Grimes supports Obamacare.”

The 30-second ad can be seen here:

While McConnell’s campaign has highlighted his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and tried to make the health care law another connection between his Democratic opponent and Obama, Grimes has kept Obamacare at arm’s length in the campaign. She has said she will “work to fix” the new health law if elected to the U.S. Senate, but doesn’t favor “ripping insurance from 500,000 people in Kentucky,” a state that has been praised for it’s implementation of the state-based exchange kynect and expanding Medicaid coverage.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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