September 29, 2009 2:12 PM

Commentary: McConnell jumps to Humana's defense

The health care debate sparked an uncharacteristic display of passion by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell last week, according to national news accounts. Was the normally unruffled McConnell upset because 205,000 more Kentuckians lack health insurance now than in 1999? No. McConnell was steamed (to use the New York Times' phrase) because his hometown insurance giant, Humana, was ordered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to cease sending mailers to its Medicare customers warning of benefit cuts if Congress enacts proposed health care reforms.

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