Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans in Kentucky's congressional delegation trotted out their usual denunciations of Obamacare Thursday after the Supreme Court upheld the law's subsidies for purchasing health insurance.
But, really, the ruling had to come as a relief to Republicans in Congress and those campaigning for president.
Had it gone the other way, they would have been on the spot to produce an alternative to kicking millions of Americans off their health plans.
And if the GOP has anything but vague platitudes about market competition and patient-doctor connections to offer in place of the Affordable Care Act, they're not talking about it.
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Despite the suspense surrounding the Supreme Court ruling, it should have been no more surprising than the boilerplate responses by Kentucky Republicans.
At issue was nothing more than a drafting error. Long precedent holds that when considering what amounts to a typo, courts must rule in accordance with the intent of the law.
In this case it was obvious there was no intent to deny subsidized coverage to citizens of states that opted to use the national health insurance exchange rather than creating a state exchange.
That justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented from the six-justice majority reveals only their partisan bias.
The case had no direct bearing on Kentucky because the Beshear administration created a state insurance exchange, Kynect.
But Kentucky has a lot riding on the Affordable Care Act's survival. The law has provided a half-million Kentuckians with access to health care through subsidized private insurance and the expansion of Medicaid.
Because of the law, Medicaid for the first time is paying for addiction treatment in Kentucky. Only one state, Arkansas, experienced a greater decrease in its rate of uninsured residents after the law took effect.
Yet, U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers issued a statement on Thursday calling the Affordable Care Act a "reoccurring train wreck."
Rogers represents the country's poorest, sickest district, where drug abuse is rampant and life expectancy is in decline.
The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, health care reform is a process, there are huge problems to solve, especially in Kentucky with its high disease rates and shortages of primary care.
Republicans are not doing their constituents — and probably not even themselves — any favors by standing on the sidelines throwing rocks.