Kentucky Governor Not Afraid of Going Solo for Health Care

Oct 10, 2013

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Kentucky’s Democratic governor says implementing the Affordable Care Act is “the morally right thing to do.”

Kentucky is the only southern state both expanding Medicaid and operating a state-based health exchange. 

Appearing Thursday on the WNYC's "The Takeaway," Governor Steve Beshear said Kentucky can’t afford not to do it.

“We have some of the worst health statistics in the country," explained Beshear.  "If there’s some way I can attack that and change the course of history in Kentucky on health care, I’m going to do it, and the Affordable Care Act gives me a historic opportunity and a tool to do just that.”

Beshear said he’s not worried about the political repercussions because he has no plans to seek higher office. 

It may not be known until enrollment ends in April just how successful the exchanges were in reaching and enrolling the uninsured. 

You can hear the complete interview with Governor Steve Beshear by clicking here.