Dem Cites 'Donut Burger' as Reason Kentuckians Need Obamacare

August 21, 2013 - 2:34 PM

Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes defended Obamacare, saying three reasons why Kentuckians need affordable health care coverage: a "donut burger, the chili cheese-steak and the covered french fries."

Speaking at the Kentucky State Fair, Lundergan Grimes was asked by Joe Arnold of WHAS 11 (Louisville) if she agrees with Republicans who say Obamacare hurts senior citizens, and if she would delay the healthcare expansion.

She responded "As I've said before, I'm troubled with certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act, but we're here at the state fair and if there's three reasons why Kentuckians, especially our seniors, need access to affordable health care coverage.  You just have to look over to the right where you see the donut burger, the chili cheese-steak and the covered french fries that are here."

Donut Burger

Donut Burger

She continued "There are 640,000 Kentuckians who previously did not have access to insurance and as Senator McConnell himself has acknowledged, there are some good things but, we don't need to throw the baby out with the bathwater."

Lundergan Grimes told Arnold that some of her concerns regarding the Affordable Care Act are making sure small businesses are not being over-regulated and to incentivize employees who provide coverage saying "we don't [need] them cutting hours or worse, cutting employees."

The Democratic Senate candidate is running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is up for re-election in 2014.

McConnell will also face a primary challenge against Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, who announced last month he is running for McConnell's seat.