LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – In an exclusive interview with ABC 36 News, former Governor Steve Beshear spoke about the dismantling of the Kynect healthcare exchange, as open enrollment season begins.
Governor Matt Bevin pulled the plug on Kynect, meaning Kentuckians will enroll for healthcare through the federal system this year.
Beshear defended Kynect, saying it was a one-stop shop where users could address multiple healthcare needs. Beshear also says the federal system is harder to use, and that some in Frankfort want it that way.
“I think that’s what they want to do,” said the former Governor. “I think this administration wants to push people out of this program. I’m committed myself, and the reason I did it was, I think every Kentuckian deserved to have affordable healthcare. I mean, just morally, I feel that’s the right thing to do.”
Beshear also expressed his regret that the dismantling of Kynect also meant the loss of preventive medicine aspects the program offered, like cancer screenings, that he said would save lives.