Some Republicans in the Kentucky General Assembly just won’t stop their strategy of sulk and sabotage when it comes to Kentucky’s enormously successful launch of the Affordable Care Act.
Thwarted in their efforts to block Gov. Steve Beshear from creating the state health care exchange, kynect.gov, they last month tried to undermine it by refusing to approve regulations required to enact it.
That’s the same stunt some GOP members of the legislature used earlier this year to try to block new, more rigorous science standards for public education because they do not include creationism (not science) but do include reference to global warming and climate change (science).
In both cases, Gov. Beshear said he will enact the regulations without their approval under executive order.
Meanwhile, some Republican state legislators offered the only sour note of partisan politics Monday at the otherwise refreshingly bipartisan conference on the future of Eastern Kentucky co-hosted by Gov. Beshear, a Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, a Somerset Republican.
Near the end, Gov. Beshear mentioned the federal health law as “a transformational moment for Kentucky health care.”
The crowd cheered and applauded enthusiastically as did dignitaries and Democratic legislators on stage. Sulky GOP lawmakers sat stone-faced and still.
No matter. It’s increasingly apparently the health law is good for Kentucky and its 640,000 citizens without health insurance.
Lawmakers should remember they were elected to move Kentucky forward, not hold it back.