McConnell Challenger: Fatty Food Eaters Need Obamacare

by Joel Gehrke

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has been uncomfortable with supporting Obamacare during her bid to unseat Senator Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.,) but she thinks she’s found an argument she can make for the law.

People who eat fatty foods need it, according to Grimes. “[W]e’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 cheesesteak and the covered French fries that are here,” the Democratic hopeful told local media.

WHAS reporter Joe Arnold was surprised by the argument. “She actually drew a link between the fatty foods sold here at the Kentucky State Fair and the need for seniors to have health care access,” he told viewers.

McConnell’s campaign used the comment as a sign that she’s a liberal Democrat.

“Alison Lundergan Grimes first proved she was Barack Obama’s Kentucky candidate when she used the existence of the donut burger as justification to ruin the American healthcare system,” spokeswoman Allison Moore said.

Grimes refused to say if she would have voted for the law when it passed in 2010.

“I, when we are in the United States Senate, will work to fix the Affordable Care Act,” she told the Associated Press in May.

Grimes prefaced her donut burger comment by saying that she remains “troubled with certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act.”