Governor Steve Beshear on Why Kentucky Embraces the Affordable Care Act

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Gov. Beshear (center) during a bill signing. February 21, 2013 (Office of Gov. Steve Beshear/flickr)

Democratic Governor Steve Beshear has beaten the odds in his red state, pushing through the Affordable Care and the Medicaid expansion program, and having the state run its own state run exchanges.

This move has made Kentucky the only Southern state that to fully embrace the Affordable Care Act.

Meanwhile, right next door in Ohio, Republican Governor John Kasich is facing a far steeper uphill battle. He's fighting members of his own party in the legislature in an effort to pass the Medicaid expansion.

But for Governor Steve Beshear, despite the heavy criticism he's received from the right, he says it's been a battle worth fighting. He joins The Takeaway to discuss how a deeply conservative Southern state came to adopt the ACA, and why he believes it will be a job creator.


Governor Steve Beshear

Produced by:

Megan Quellhorst


T.J. Raphael

Comments [6]

Richard Pacheco from FL

I just can't see why this deserves use myself as an example, I saw my premiums go up by almost 40% after the ACA. I'm self-employed and perhaps sometimes the politician forget about us.

Aug. 06 2014 11:25 AM
Bruce from Idaho

Aug. 03 2014 03:58 PM

How proud we are to be living in a welfare state. These arrogant incompetent politicians have turned us all into 21st slaves begging for handouts! We no longer depend upon ourselves to support our families! Of course that's hard to do when we are sold out to the highest bidder (foreign & domestic)by our public servants.

Oct. 11 2013 11:40 AM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Governor Stephen Beshear is in the wrong business; he is a Politician who cares about what makes health sense for the people of his State.By helping his constituents get health care, he has destroyed any potential for having a future in politics. Congratulations Governor Beshear!

Oct. 10 2013 01:07 PM

Hi Charles,

Maybe you missed our segment when we had on a skeptic and a supporter debating each side? If so, you can listen here:

We've also done an entire segment using data that shows how apprehensive people are about the ACA. That data also shows how low the public opinion of the law is:

Additionally, The Takeaway has invited several Republican Governors, Senators and House Representatives, as well as state representatives and other skeptics, on to the program—almost all declined or did not respond to several requests. We'd be happy to have them. Thanks for listening!

T. J. Raphael
Digital Content Editor

Oct. 10 2013 11:25 AM

Somebody remind me; when has The Takeaway hosted an extended (as with the time devoted to this segment) interview guest who was a strong critic of the Affordable Care Act?

It is really hard for The Takeaway to seriously deny that it has acted as anything other than a cheerleader for Obamacare, masquerading as news.

If anybody can come up with such a segment from the archives, it will be interesting to compare John Hockenberry's tone with such a guest, versus guests who are supportive of the current administration.

Oct. 10 2013 09:57 AM

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