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Reality Check: McConnell's pledge to repeal Obamacare

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More than 520,00 Kentuckians are enrolled in the Affordable Care Act.

The state's online healthcare marketplace website KYNECT is widely considered the most successful Obamacare site in the country. 

The percentage of people in the Commonwealth without insurance has fallen to lower than 12 percent the second biggest decline in the nation, and yet during last week's senate debate Incumbent Mitch McConnell re-affirmed his commitment to repealing Obamacare saying quote: "In my view the best interest of the country would be achieved by pulling out Obamacare root and branch."

Immediately following the debate Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear released the following statement: Tonight, Mitch McConnell looked into the camera and misled Kentucky about his plan to take Kynect from more than 500,000 Kentuckians who have gained health care in the last year.

Beshear is not the only governor to expand Obamacare coverage; 27 states have added the Medicaid option for those who otherwise couldn't afford it including nine republican governors with others negotiating deals to do so. 

Even Senator Rand Paul, a staunch supporter of Mitch McConnell and an outspoken critic of the ACA appeared to waver when asked about putting an end to Kentucky's Obamacare link: When a reporter asked the senator ”Do you think the state exchange should be dismantled?” Paul's reply was: “You know, I'm not sure.”

But, McConnell's greatest obstacle in repealing Obamacare is the law of the land. 

Supposing the GOP gets its much-coveted 51-49 lead in the senate. McConnell could, as the new majority leader, call for a vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act. But repealing the law takes 60 votes, meaning he'd have to convince at least seven democratic senators along with two independents to abandon President Obama and vote with the GOP. 

Even if McConnell somehow managed to gather those votes President Obama is still going to veto it. 

If that were to happen, McConnell could try to override the veto, but he'd need a two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress. Only seven times in the past quarter century has Congress successfully overridden a Presidential veto. 

Here's the bottom line: In pledging to repeal Obamacare Mitch McConnell has made a campaign promise he has little if any chance of making good on.

[More Reality Check with Scott Schneider here.]

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