Alison Lundergan Grimes offers limited defense of Obama, health care law

November 08, 2013 | | Comments 14

Alison Lundergan Grimes

Alison Lundergan Grimes

By Sam Youngman

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes offered a limited defense Friday of President Barack Obama’s health care law without ever saying the president’s name.

In her first sit-down interview with a Kentucky-based journalist since entering the U.S. Senate race in July, Grimes told WKYT-TV’s Bill Bryant that “Washington politicians made promises, not just to Kentuckians but to all Americans, that if you like your insurance plan, if you like your doctor, you should be able to keep it.”

“And it’s time for all Washington politicians to keep their word,” Grimes said.

Bryant’s full interview with Grimes will air this weekend on his “Kentucky Newsmakers” program.

Clearly cognizant of efforts by Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to tie her to a president unpopular in the commonwealth, Grimes did not fully endorse the Affordable Care Act, saying she thought the president’s apology this week to those whose current insurance plan will no longer be offered was appropriate.

“I echo and do believe the apology was due and deserved that the president gave to Americans last night, but now it’s time to follow that up with action,” Grimes said.

While Grimes has been tough to pin down on the polarizing law, she repeated her belief that it was correct for Obama to delay the employer mandate — a requirement that companies with 50 or more employees offer insurance to employees or pay penalties — for a year.

She told Bryant that people whose insurance policies will no longer be offered — 280,000 Kentuckians, according to the Associated Press — should be “grandfathered in” for a period of time.

While Grimes never said the president’s name, she did extend a limited defense of the law.

“Instead of finger-pointing, instead of blaming, instead of attacking the presidential branch, let’s actually — or the executive branch — let’s actually attack the problem that exists here in the commonwealth and find a way for 640,000” to get health insurance, Grimes said.

Under the law, an additional 308,000 Kentuckians are eligible for Medicaid. Another 332,000 uninsured Kentuckians must buy insurance or face tax penalties. Significant premium subsidies are available to many of those 332,000.

As of Friday, Gov. Steve Beshear said 40,572 Kentuckians have enrolled in new health insurance using the state’s online system, including 33,561 on Medicaid and 7,011 in a qualified health plan.

The Democratic Secretary of State indicated that she thought efforts to repeal the law were a waste of time.

“Instead of saying that we need to kick our youngsters off of their parents’ insurance or denying those with pre-existing conditions coverage, let’s make sure that we are stream-lining the regulatory requirements that are found in the Affordable Care Act so that we are easing the burden on the small businesses,” Grimes said. “I think instead of Washington finger-pointing, it’s time that we actually fix what has gone through both chambers of Congress, what has gone all the way up to the Supreme Court, which was re-litigated through an entire election cycle, it’s time that we put Kentuckians first.”

Kentucky Newsmakers airs Sunday at 6 a.m. on WKYT and 10 a.m. on The CW Lexington.

Filed Under: Alison Lundergan GrimesBarack ObamaElectionsFederal GovernmentMitch McConnellUS Senate Race

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  1. Big+Ben+4+liberty says:

    In other words, Grimes is for the law and will simply support whatever her party’s leadership wants. Her idioitc statement that repealing the law is would somehow be a waste of time is all the reason need not to vote for this nepotistic partisan hack con artist.

  2. CoolerKing says:

    The Republican attempts to repeal Obamacare ARE a waste of time. If you think Republicans will gain the White House AND a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate any time soon, then you are seriously deluded.

    Obamacare is the law of the land. It was passed by Congress, signed into law by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court — exactly as spelled out in the Constitution. Republicans need to get over it.

  3. CoolerKing says:

    The fact of the matter is, the Republican focus on repealing Obamacare IS a waste of time. If you think the Republicans will win the White House AND a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate anytime soon, then you are seriously deluded. Obamacare is the law of the land; get over it.

  4. Buck+Feshear says:

    Of course Jerry Lundergan’s daughter will vote for whatever her masters (Reid and Obama) want. Does anyone expect anything different?

  5. CoolerKing says:

    Republicans think that, because their entire party can’t think for themselves and does whatever Rush Limbaugh says, then Democrats surely must be the same way. It’s amusing how they project their own worst traits onto their opponents.

  6. Woods says:

    If you want another Obama telling you what to do, vote for grimes. Obama gives her the orders. (that dot is period)

  7. Buck+Feshear says:

    CoolerKing, you’re really showing how misinformed you are about the right (not to mention everything else). In case you haven’t noticed, Limbaugh is at odds with the party’s leadership and establishment right now. Limbaugh’s on the side of the TEA party and Ted Cruz, not McConnell and McCain and Boehner.

  8. Big+Ben+4+liberty says:

    I love watching the propaganda-laden leftist tirades of CK. He knows all the party-approved talking points.

  9. CoolerKing says:

    Buck: Yes, you are correct that Limbaugh has been critical of McConnell and Boehner. But that’s not the point. McConnell and Boehner have NOT been critical of Rush Limbaugh. They’re scared to death of him and his dogmatic ditto-head followers. If I’m wrong, cite ONE example of McConnell or Boehner openly criticizing Rush Limbaugh. I’m waiting…

  10. Big+Ben+4+liberty says:

    Sorry but that is abject BS, LunchboxQueen. The establishment GOP has never cared for Limbaugh are anyone in his audience (or any of the other conservative talk radio hosts for that matter). They have often expressed their elitist disdain in hopes of approval from the liberal media. As for McConnell personally, he doesn’t have to say anything about Limbaugh, his actions speak for him. He openly capitulated to Harry Reid (ignoring any advice Limbaugh had for him) and was more than willing to undermine Ted Cruz by surrendering to Obama and Reid.

  11. Buck+Feshear says:

    Why should any elected official criticize Limbaugh? Or Krugman? Or Madcow?

  12. CoolerKing says:

    Yep, that’s what I thought. You’ve got nothing. Thanks for proving me right. KTHXBAI

  13. Buck+Feshear says:

    Nope, I’ve got all the cards and you have an empty icebox. Why should an elected officeholder criticize a commentator? Limbaugh, etc., have already been highly critical of Boehner and McConnell. It’s not like if they criticize the conservative pundits, that they’re going to turn on them. They’ve already turned on the RINOs and the go-along-to-get-along crowd of cowards and political pansies.

  14. Big+Ben+4+liberty says:

    Wow, BrownpaperbagSultan, you really are obsessed with Limbaugh. I’m glad he lives rent free in your head. His ideas are threat to anyone who worships government and believe it can solve all our problems