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Mitch McConnell, JD Biography

Title:
US Senate Majority Leader (R-KY)
Position:
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“Obamacare is the single worst piece of legislation that’s been passed in the last half-century. The biggest step in the direction of turning us into a European-type country…<br/ ><br/ >

The Congressional Budget Office, [which] doesn’t work for Republicans or Democrats, run by a former Clinton staffer, said that the best case scenario, Obamacare reduces the number of uninsured from forty million to thirty million. A twenty-seven hundred page bill that wreaks havoc with the private health insurance market, and in the end, doesn’t get everybody covered in the first place. Now that is not my view of how to improve the American health care delivery system. If we had the ability to do it, we ought to pull it out root and branch and start over.”

Interview with 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley, cbsnews.com, Jan. 25, 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care and related issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to health care and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senate Majority Leader (Republican party), 2015-present
  • US Senator (R-KY), 1985-present
  • US Senate Minority Leader (Republican party), 2007-2015
  • US Senate Majority Whip (Republican party), 2003-2007
  • Chairman, National Republican Senatorial Committee, 1998 and 2000
  • Judge-Executive, Jefferson County, Kentucky, 1978-1985
  • Acting Assistant Attorney General, 1975
  • Deputy Assistant United States Attorney for Legislative Affairs, 1974-1975
  • Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Marlow Cook (R-KY), 1968-1970
  • Former Intern, Office of Senator John Sherman Cooper (R-KY)
Education:
  • JD, University of Kentucky, 1967
  • BA, Political Science, University of Louisville, 1964
Other:
  • Twitter: @SenateMajLdr
  • Full name is Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr.
  • Was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, on Feb. 20, 1942
  • Was admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1967
  • Enlisted in the US Army Reserve on Mar. 21, 1967, was medically discharged in Aug. 1967
  • Married Elaine L. Chao, the 18th US Secretary of Transportation and former US Secretary of Labor, in 1993
  • Is Kentucky’s longest-serving senator
  • Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine in 2015
Quoted in:
  1. Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?