Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear’s attempt to ram ObamaCare down the throats of an electorate who rejected Barack Obama resoundingly twice is, unsurprisingly, not going well.
Internal chaos at the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, the Department of Insurance, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the Kentucky Democratic Party is masked only superficially by bureaucratic purring about how great ObamaCare is going to be and a remarkably incurious media who wrote hundreds of articles about incompetence in the last (Republican) gubernatorial Administration.
Two lawsuits have been filed to stop the twin state ObamaCare options — a state run health insurance bureaucracy inauspiciously wrapped up in a web site created to make health insurance buying easier but instead ushering in an era of confusion and complexity not seen since the Byzantine Empire and an expansion of the disastrous Medicaid.
The first case, against the Beshear administration’s blatantly illegal establishment of the exchange, nears a quiet end just as Beshear channels Star Wars’ Grand Moff Tarkin: “Evacute? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances” seconds before the Death Star explodes.
His case in the second lawsuit is even worse. Governor Beshear’s motion to dismiss is scheduled for hearing in Judge Phillip Shepherd’s courtroom on Monday June 17 at 9:00 am ET at the Franklin County Courthouse, 669 Chamberlain Avenue in Frankfort. His case dangles precariously on the bizarre — and already once failed — assertion that citizens can’t question his illegal and unconstitutional acts and the idea that suit can’t be brought to stop him from signing the state up for a Medicaid death spiral until he actually does it.
Tea Party activist David Adams, as plaintiff in the Medicaid case, will be arguing the case before the judge next Monday.
“If Gov. Beshear is smart he won’t show up,” Adams said. “But I’m going to spend the next few days talking up the need for him to defend this mess in person and not hide behind legal shenanigans in the shadows with his lawyers and flacks.”