FROM: Steve Robertson, Chairman of the Republican Party of Kentucky
TO: Interested Parties
DATE: January 28, 2014
SUBJECT: Beshear Joins Obama at State of the Union Address
During tonight’s State of the Union address, Governor Steve Beshear will sit proudly beside Michelle Obama as President Obama recognizes Beshear for his unilateral decision to force ObamaCare on the people of Kentucky.
“In a salute to his controversial decision to implement ‘Obamacare’ in Kentucky, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, seated with First Lady Michelle Obama in the U.S. House gallery,” reported WHAS 11.
Only 30% of Kentuckians approve of ObamaCare, but that hasn’t stopped Beshear from implementing it:
“Amid delays, complications and revisions of the Affordable Care Act, nationally, Beshear has emerged as a leading advocate for the health care law. The second-term governor has defended his decisions to expand Medicaid eligibility and create a Kentucky-based health insurance exchange in a state where Obama and the health care law are generally unpopular.” (WHAS 11, 01/29/14)
As 280,000 Kentuckians are losing their current healthcare coverage and facing the reality of Barack Obama’s big lie, “if you like your health-care plan you can keep it,” it’s not surprising that Obama’s own disapproval ratings have hit almost 58% in the Bluegrass State.
But despite the loss of coverage, doctor shortages, and skyrocketing premiums, Democrats in Kentucky have made it clear that they stand behind Obama’s healthcare overhaul and Beshear’s unilateral decision to expand Medicaid through ObamaCare.
In 2013, Republicans in the State Senate passed Senate Bills 39 and 40, which would have required legislative approval for the expansion of the healthcare exchange and Medicaid and which would have prevented Beshear’s unilateral decision to act. Unsurprisingly, the bills never made it through Greg Stumbo’s Democrat-led State House. In fact, Greg Stumbo didn’t even permit legislators to vote on the bills.
The bottom line is this: ObamaCare will be the defining issue of our 2014 campaigns both across the nation and here in Kentucky.
This November, all Kentucky Democrats will have to face Beshear’s unilateral decision to implement ObamaCare without any legislative oversight and his basking in the national limelight while Kentuckians continue to adamantly oppose ObamaCare.
ObamaCare will be the albatross around the neck of all Kentucky Democrats in 2014 – not just Alison Lundergan Grimes, but also Greg Stumbo’s dwindling majority in the Kentucky State House and any Democrat who seeks to jump onto Stumbo’s sinking ship.