Nov 6, 2019

Matt Bevin's loss in Kentucky is a health care setback for Trump

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and President Trump. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Trump administration's health care agenda appeared likely to lose one of its closest allies last night as Democrat Andy Beshear declared victory over Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.

Driving the news: Beshear has pledged to reverse Kentucky's plan for Medicaid work requirements — which took a backseat to national issues in the campaign, but was nevertheless one of Bevin's most significant policy legacies.

  • Not only did Bevin approve of the state's work requirements, he sued his own constituents to defend the policy, and threatened to pull out of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion altogether if work requirements were ultimately struck down.
  • And a legal loss seems like a relatively likely outcome as the policy works its way through the courts.
  • By Bevin's own estimates, Kentucky's work rules would have shed about 95,000 people from the state's Medicaid rolls. Those coverage losses are a big part of the reason the policy has faced such resistance in the courts.

What's next: Bevin had not conceded at the time we hit "send" on this email, so things could change.

  • This won't be the end of litigation over Medicaid work requirements, but Kentucky wouldn't be the first state to reverse course after an election.
  • And as political losses and adverse court rulings add up, this signature of the Trump health agenda gets weaker.

Go deeper: Behind the scenes of Matt Bevin's loss in Kentucky's governor's race

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Matt Bevin concedes Kentucky governor's race

Bevin speaking at an NRA event in 2016. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) said Thursday that he will not contest the results of the state's governor's race, conceding to Democrat Andy Beshear, LEX 18 News reports.

The big picture: Beshear claimed victory on election night, leading by a 0.4% margin in the final count. Bevin originally refused to concede and requested a recanvass, claiming that there had been unsubstantiated "voting irregularities."

Go deeper: Behind the scenes of Matt Bevin's loss in Kentucky's governor's race

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Behind the scenes of Matt Bevin's loss in Kentucky's governor's race

Kentucky's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andy Beshear, with lieutenant governor candidate Jacqueline Coleman, in Louisville. Photo: John Sommers II/Getty Images

In an upset in the Kentucky governor's race, Democratic challenger Andy Beshear declared victory over Republican incumbent Matt Bevin, who refused to concede but lagged, 49.2% to 48.8%, with 100% of the vote in.

Behind the scenes: Senior officials at the White House and Republican Governors Association thought Bevin would win, but nobody who was studying the race closely felt overly confident about that outcome.

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Democrat holds razor-thin lead in Kentucky governor race

Beshear and his son, Nov. 5. Photo: Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal, Louisville Courier Journal via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Kentucky Democrat Andy Beshear was holding a narrow lead Tuesday night over President Trump's pick for governor, incumbent Matt Bevin.

Why it matters: A win from Beshear would suggest that the impeachment inquiry into Trump is not the useful 2020 strategy Republicans assumed it would be, even in Trump-friendly states.

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