Mitch McConnell's Kentucky foe: Obamacare needed to protect seniors from state fair 'donut burger'

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Here's a new reason to support Obamacare: It will help seniors live through eating state fair food, specifically the "donut burger, the chili cheese steak and the covered French fries" at the Kentucky State Fair.

That's according to Alison Grimes, the Democrat running to replace Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

While she said she has some issues with Obamacare, Grimes told WHAS 11's Joe Arnold that it will save seniors from themselves.

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WHAS 11's JOE ARNOLD: "As that debate rages right now in Congress over how to fund and implement the Affordable Care Act, Grimes is saying that she would not delay all of it but parts of it. And today 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."

ALISON LUNDERGAN GRIMES: "This race is deeply personal for me."

ARNOLD: "At the first Grannies for Grimes event, Alison Lundergan Grimes saying much is at stake for senior citizens in the Senate race."

GRIMES: "This is an initiative about making sure that we are keeping our promises to Kentucky seniors, our honored citizens, that we are standing up to protect the promises of Social Security and Medicare."

ARNOLD: "Because the Affordable Care Act changes Medicare payment formulas, cutting an estimated $700 billion from Medicare over the next 10 years, Republicans argue Obamacare will hurt senior citizens. So I asked Grimes does she agrees, and if so whether the health care expansion should be delayed?"

GRIMES: "I'm troubled with certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act. But we'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 cheese steak and the covered French fries that are here."

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.