October 22nd, 2013

KY Gov.: Senate, House critics of Obamacare “misleading Americans;” KY Senators McConnell, Paul weaving “web of misinformation”

Governor Steve Beshear (D-KY) told “New Day” Anchor Chris Cuomo that the Kentucky healthcare exchange kynect is “working very well,” signing up approximately one thousand people per day. He claimed critics of the Affordable Care Act are “misleading Americans,” going as far as saying that Republican Kentucky Senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell are “not paying attention to the facts” and are weaving a “web of misinformation.”

“It was an easy decision for me. Both from a moral standpoint because we’ve got 640,000 uninsured Kentuckians and I want to make sure that every single Kentuckian has access to affordable healthcare,” Gov. Beshear said. “It was also the best economic decision because I had outside experts telling me that it’s going to create about 17,000 new jobs over the next eight years and infuse about $15 billion into our economy. So it’s a win-win for us. Let me just give a piece of unsolicited advice to the critics and honestly to the news media: take a deep breath. This system is going to work…. Everybody just needs to chill out a little bit.”

He added, “I’ll guarantee you, about a year from now, [Americans are] going to look back at these critics, including a lot of these Senators and Representatives, and they’re going to say, ‘you mislead us because, hey this works, I’ve got affordable healthcare.’”

“New Day” airs weekday mornings from 6-9 a.m. ET on CNN.