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Tue Jan 28, 2014, 12:13 AM

Obama to honor Gov. Beshear in State of the Union; Ky. Governor heads to DC

Source: WHAS-TV

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.

"It's an honor that I never expected," Beshear told WHAS11, "but we're both thrilled with it."

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear will also attend the speech yet will not be seated in the Mrs. Obama's box.

Read more: http://www.whas11.com/news/Obama-to-honor-Beshear-in-State-of-the-Union-Ky-Governor-heads-to-DC-242326691.html

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Reply Obama to honor Gov. Beshear in State of the Union; Ky. Governor heads to DC (Original post)
Drunken Irishman Jan 2014 OP
flamingdem Jan 2014 #1
Tx4obama Jan 2014 #2
No Vested Interest Jan 2014 #3
hibbing Jan 2014 #4
BluegrassDem Jan 2014 #7
hibbing Jan 2014 #11
sheshe2 Jan 2014 #5
Cha Jan 2014 #6
grantcart Jan 2014 #8
sam80 Jan 2014 #9
tanyev Jan 2014 #10

Response to Drunken Irishman (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 12:18 AM

1. The repukes must hate this guy

Glad to hear about this, thanks.

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 12:18 AM

2. He is a Democrat


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Response to Drunken Irishman (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 12:19 AM

3. Kentucky did it right.

I'm not a Kentuckian, but observed the success KY had from the beginning.
As I understand it, the secret was simplicity.
They gave info on the plans first, then asked qualifying questions.
The sites that qualified first - state and federal- were the ones that had the most trouble.

Glad President Obama will recognize the KY governor for leading his state in this effort.

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 12:40 AM

4. good for him

That will be the kiss of death for him I'm sorry to say. At least the people that could get some insurance benefits will have their insurance. However, the next governor I am sure will be a Republican and somehow get people to vote against their own interests.

Peace

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Response to hibbing (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 02:49 AM

7. He's term limited

And has said he will retire out of public life, so it won't hurt him. And Kentucky has only elected 1 republican governor in the past half century, so it's way too early to say this will hurt KY dems.

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Response to BluegrassDem (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 29, 2014, 10:08 PM

11. Thanks

Hey,
Thanks for the information, I guess I should investigate a bit more instead of just posting! My own bias came through in presuming Kentucky had a history of Republican governors, I was clouded by the turtle man.

Peace

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 12:53 AM

5. Yes!



With more than 640,000 uninsured people, a legislature controlled by anti-women’s health politicians, and two infamous opponents of Obamacare--Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul--representing the state in the U.S. Senate, getting access to affordable health care in Kentucky may not seem like a cake walk. But things are starting to look up for the state. Why? Because Health Care Hero, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear managed to accept Medicaid Expansion for the benefit of his state’s residents.

Kentucky stands alone as the only Southern state to have expanded its Medicaid rolls AND manage its own health care exchange—there’s a reason it’s the top state for Obamacare enrollment. In a little over a month, more than 370,000 people have visited Kentucky’s health care exchange site, with 50,000 people having started a health care application, 32,500 people having enrolled in health care coverage, and 28,000 people having enrolled in Medicaid. In fact, Kentucky is one of the states that stand to benefit the most from Obamacare—Medicaid expansion in the state will reduce the number of poor people without insurance by 57.1%.

one of this would have happened without the hard work of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, who used his executive power to bypass the Republican-controlled state Senate, to expand Medcaid and set up health care exchanges. Beshear knows that politics shouldn’t interfere with personal health care decisions. In his comments about expansion, he hit the nail on the head:

“ are not political decisions. They are moral decisions…Taking these steps will mean that, for the first time, every single Kentuckian will have access to affordable health care. Over the next generation, this will change the course of Kentucky’s history"

- See more at: http://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/elections-politics/blog/health-care-hero-kentucky-governor-steve-beshear/#sthash.ZGkLgvlG.dpuf

Yes we can!

Thanks DI!



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Response to Drunken Irishman (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 01:24 AM

6. Good Good Good! Excellent.. I think this is going

to be one hellava SOTU!



Thanks DI~

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 03:09 AM

8. Brilliant move.


Making it more difficult for McConnell to hide from its success.

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 04:47 AM

9. see

 

Let's see where it goes !

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Response to Drunken Irishman (Original post)

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 08:34 AM

10. Uh-oh. Some Kentuckians are going to find out that Kynect really is Obamacare.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A middle-aged man in a red golf shirt shuffles up to a small folding table with gold trim, in a booth adorned with a flotilla of helium balloons, where government workers at the Kentucky State Fair are hawking the virtues of Kynect, the state’s health benefit exchange established by Obamacare.

The man is impressed. "This beats Obamacare I hope," he mutters to one of the workers.

“Do I burst his bubble?” wonders Reina Diaz-Dempsey, overseeing the operation. She doesn't. If he signs up, it's a win-win, whether he knows he's been ensnared by Obamacare or not.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/22/kentucky-obamacare_n_3801054.html

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