Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has joined Mitch McConnell in suggesting that Kentucky could maintain its Obamacare exchange if health care reform is repealed, saying that he’s “not sure” if the new marketplace (Kynect) should be unraveled. Paul’s comments come as a growing number of Republicans aim to repackage the key tenets of President Obama’s health care law as unique state solutions, designed and built by state officials far away from Washington D.C.
“There’s a lot of questions that are big questions that are beyond just the exchange and the Kynect and things like that,” Paul said. He reiterated that he would like to “repeal all of Obamacare,” but added, “Can a state still have an exchange? You know we live in a 50-state union so some states could have exchanges. They already did before Obamacare.”
“I think the real question that we have in Kentucky is people seem to be very much complimenting our exchange because of the functionality of it, but there are still the unknown questions or what’s going to happen with so many new people,” Paul said.
The senator had previously claimed that the law “strips away your freedom to choose what plan works best for you and your family” and urged Congress to “repeal this partisan mess of a law so we can start over with real input from the American people and members of both parties.”
Since enrollment began in October, Kentucky has been a model for effective Affordable Care Act implementation, enrolling over 400,000 people in health insurance coverage.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, McConnell’s challenger, won’t defend the ACA in its entirety, but has praised the state’s exchange and criticized McConnell for trying to find a new position on a law he has repeatedly voted to repeal.