Matt Bevin is a man true to his word.
The conservative who soundly defeated incumbent Democrat Jack Conway for the Kentucky governor’s mansion promised that he would scrap the state’s ACA marketplace, called Kynect. Today he kept that promise.
In a statement from the governor’s office, Bevin spokeswoman Jessica Ditto called the program a “redundancy.”
“The transition will have no impact on Kentuckians’ ability to obtain or continue health care coverage for the 2016 plan year,” Ditto said.
Under the state-managed exchange, Kentucky charges a 1 percent assessment on all insurance premiums to fund the program. Once Kynect is eliminated, the 1 percent charge will be eliminated, but plans acquired through the federal exchange will be charged a 3.5 percent assessment.
Liberals attacked Bevin for keeping his word, citing how the uninsured rate dropped since the exchange was set up, but in reality, most of those have moved over to the expanded Medicaid program. Obamacare is destined for the dustbin of history. Even President Obama has moved on, attempting to make gun control his signature achievement instead of the gargantuan nightmare of his healthcare monster, which he refuses to let die.
Getting a head start on dismantling it is more than good politics, it’s common sense.