To The Daily Sun,
Obamacare has become a true albatross around the neck of the Democratic Party. Not only did Democrats lose the House and Senate after its passage, but a Democratic governor has become as scarce as a $2 bill. In 2008, the year Barack Obama was elected, Democrats held governorships in 29 states out of 50. The number today is 17 out of 50. Some could argue such a rapid decline in state power is the result of the failed Obama economy. Either way, Obama and Obamacare have been kryptonite to Democrats, and a death wish to Americas hard working, middle class.
Anyone thinking the popularity of the Tea Party's message has declined needs to consider last Tuesday's governors election in Kentucky. The winner, republican Matt Bevin focused his election message on the disaster Obama's signature legislation has been for the residents of Kentucky.
Kentucky's results also proves yet again the ongoing fantasy regarding the Citizens-United Supreme Court decision Democrats scream it puts them at a fund raising disadvantage. The Democratic nominee, who lost, Jack Conway, outspent his Republican rival by more than $3 million. Once again, it is the Democrat, not the Republican discovered to be the one spending the most money to influence an election outcome.
The national media made Kentucky into another showdown referendum over Obamacare. Democrats tried to kick back, shouting the great job the current Democratic governor had done in opening the state flood gates to Medicaid and setting up a state exchange called KYnect. Mainstream voters didn't echo their feelings. It is easy to understand why.
Forty percent of all Kentucky hospitals had to cut services because of out-of-control Medicaid costs. Tens of thousands of Kentucky residents were forced from plans they liked into more expensive ones. They were the plans Obama promised they could keep, but couldn't. To add more salt to the wound, KYnects premiums are rising double digits for 2016. If that were not enough to sink the Democrat the largest Obamacare exchange provider in Kentucky imploded in October suddenly leaving 51,000 Kentuckians without health insurance.
Democrats bet public anger regarding their hijacking of the American health care system would would fade with time. But five years after Obamacare's passage, and two years past its farcical, $7 billion, three stooges roll-out, opposition is as intense as ever. Bevin ran on a platform of closing KYnect and turning the Obamacare health mess back to the federal exchange while limiting Medicaid expansion that is bankrupting hospitals and taxpayers in Kentucky.
For only the second time in the past 44 years Kentucky will soon have a Republican governor. Thank you Obamacare, the gift that never stops giving — to the Republican Party.
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