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U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to publicly debate President Obama’s healthcare law.

The two Kentucky lawmakers have been on opposite sides of the Affordable Care Act for some time, but the two-year anniversary of the legislation being signed into law has put it back in the forefront of the national debate.

Yarmuth has been touting the benefits of the overhaul while McConnell has penned an editorial calling for its repeal leading up to the much anticipated U.S. Supreme Court case on the healthcare law that challenges its unconstitutionality—specifically the individual mandate.

In a telephone interview, Yarmuth told WFPL that McConnell has been misleading the public about several components of the law and should answer constituents in a public forum.

“I would relish the opportunity to debate Mitch publicly about the health care reform law. He continually misstates facts about it. Mitch has a wonderful way of stating things that are not even half the truths and I would just cherish the opportunity to talk with him in public about this,” he says.

McConnell’s office has yet to respond to our request for comment.

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