GOP views Kentucky election as victory over health care law

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The election of a conservative outsider as Kentucky governor has given Republicans a laboratory to show the rest of the country how they’d replace President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Three years into a coverage expansion that has brought the share of uninsured Americans to historically low levels, Matt Bevin’s lopsided victory underscores how politically divisive the federal health care law remains. But experts say slamming the brakes in a state already deeply entrenched in the Affordable Care Act would cost lots of time and money, testing the new Republican administration’s ability to rein in costs.

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Kentucky’s share of uninsured residents has fallen from about 20 percent in 2013 to 9 percent by the middle of this year. But the state added 400,000 people to its Medicaid program, placing a strain on the state’s finances.


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