The success of Obamacare in Kentucky may be pushing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to the left in his 2014 re-election campaign, at least in one important area.
While McConnell has spent the last five years railing against government healthcare, his latest campaign ad touts a government-funded cancer program he secured for workers at the uranium enrichment plant in Paducah, Ky. In some ways, McConnell's Paducah program -- and many other healthcare initiatives he has sponsored in Kentucky -- are actually more aggressively liberal than Obamacare, since they provide direct healthcare services to citizens without a private-sector intermediary.
McConnell's healthcare programs have been largely successful, but they have not reached a broad population. And while the federal rollout of Obamacare has been plagued by dysfunction, it's implementation in Kentucky has been popular and efficient, thanks to aggressive buy-in from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) to ensure its expediency.
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