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Mitch McConnell takes aim at 'Obamacare' and Beshear ahead of State of the Union

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky.
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky. Herald-Leader

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Tuesday morning laid the groundwork for the Republican response to President Barack Obama's Tuesday night State of the Union address.

McConnell took aim at the president's health care law and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, who will join the Obamas at the annual address, warning that they "can keep telling Americans to 'get over it' if they don't like this law, but sooner or later they're going to have to come to terms with reality."

"They're going to have to accept that Obamacare just hasn't worked like the administration promised — in Kentucky, and across America — and that it's time to start over with real reform," McConnell said in remarks on the Senate floor.

The senator, facing a bruising re-election battle, castigated both the federal-run and Kentucky-run health care exchanges, saying that Kentucky had received more than $253 million "to essentially limit care, cancel plans and increase costs."

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