|McConnell used a graphic on the floor to drive home his point.|
“Can our Democratic colleagues, who promised more choice under Obamacare, really be okay with the continuing failures of Obamacare? The status quo under Obamacare is simply unsustainable and unacceptable,” McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor. “That’s why the entire Senate Republican Conference is working together on the best way forward to bring much-needed relief to the families who’ve been left behind by Obamacare’s continuing failures. I hope our Democratic colleagues will join us in working to do so. They just sent me a letter last week where they acknowledged that Obamacare hasn’t lived up to its promises and where they effectively conceded that the status quo is unsustainable.”
McConnell recently appointed a working group of 13 Republican senators to work on a health bill and was criticized because they were all men. Since then, he has said no senator will be left out of the drafting process. Last week Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville said McConnell wouldn't let a health bill come to a vote before the 2018 elections for fear of political damage.
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McConnell said nothing in his speech about Medicaid, the expansion of which under Obamacare covers about 470,000 Kentuckians, according to the latest figures from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. About 80,000 people in Kentucky are covered by private Obamacare policies.