Andy Barr challenger Elisabeth Jensen to run radio ad praising health care law

syoungman@herald-leader.comApril 14, 2014 

In her first radio ad, Democratic congressional candidate Elisabeth Jensen embraces the federal health care law pushed by President Barack Obama and Gov. Steve Beshear.

Jensen, the likely Democratic nominee to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, released an ad Monday morning that praises Beshear for implementing a Kentucky version of the health care law and blasts Barr and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for threatening to repeal it.

"Thanks to Gov. Beshear, Kentucky KyNect provides health care to Kentuckians who had no insurance," Jensen says in the ad. "But Barr, along with Mitch McConnell, voted to end KyNect and let insurance companies drop coverage, deny care and charge women more."

The ad says that Barr has voted to repeal the controversial health care law 19 times and charges that the congressman has taken $148,000 in contributions from insurance companies.

"I often say Kentucky moms like me get more done by noon than Congress gets done in a week," Jensen says in the ad. "So when I learned Congressman Andy Barr voted 19 times to repeal health care reform, I was disappointed."

Kentucky officials said last week that enrollment was surging in the state leading up to the self-imposed signup deadline of Friday night.

As of Friday, officials said more than 400,000 people had signed up, with the majority of participants joining Medicaid as part of an expansion of the program ordered by Beshear.

Jensen's campaign did not disclose how much money it was spending on the ad, which is scheduled to start running Tuesday in Central Kentucky.

In the May 20 Democratic primary, Jensen faces retired Lexington engineer Geoff Young, a former Green Party member. Young said earlier this month that he has lent his campaign $50,000.

Sam Youngman: (502) 875-3793. Twitter: @samyoungman. Blog: Bluegrasspolitics.bloginky.com.

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