Ky. Opportunity Coalition calls on Gov. Beshear to 'go home,' and 'get over' shuttering of kynect

02/22/2016 08:49 PM

With a new ad titled, “Go Home,” a Republican group tied to U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell is seeking to counter the work of former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear on the issue of healthcare in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, a 501(c )4 non-profit organization which helped with the re-election of McConnell in 2014 and is seeking to help GOP candidates flip the state House this year, is launching a statewide TV ad this week to oppose the former Democratic governor’s efforts to keep kynect, the state’s portal to affordable health insurance, in place.

In early February, Beshear formed Save Kentucky Healthcare, which is a 501(c )(4) organization, to oppose current Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s efforts to shutter and amend the state’s health exchange.

In the ad running on cable across the state, the ad claims Beshear and “the Frankfort liberals wont stop in their sad attempt to keep Obamacare.”

“Governor Matt Bevin and conservative lawmakers are working to get Kentucky’s finances back on track, replace Obamacare, and cut wasteful spending,” a narrator says.

The ad calls on Kentuckians to visit a website to sign an “anti-Obamacare” petition demanding fiscally responsible government.

On the campaign trail, Bevin promised an end to kynect, and a change in the delivery of expanded Medicaid. Beshear has defended health progress in Kentucky, pointing to increased health coverage as a reason to keep kynect and the Medicaid expansion in place.

Scott Jennings, a senior advisor to the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition, said that it was Beshear who in 2013 told “naysayers” of the Affordable Care Act to “get over it,” and now Jennings says Beshear should follow his own advice now.

“Beshear should get over the fact that Kentuckians overwhelmingly disapprove of Obamacare and apparently don’t want it rammed down their throats,” Jennings said.

A representative for Beshear did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the ad.

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