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Gary Ryan, R, gets a checkup from infectious disease doctor Fadi Al Akhrass, at the Pikeville Medical Center on Thursday, November, 5, 2015, in Pikeville, KY.  Ryan, 64, was a coal miner for 10 years in Pike County before moving to Virginia to find work.  He moved back to Kentucky a few years ago to take advantage of Kentucky's advances concerning the Affordable Care Act.  On Election Day last week, Ryan was in the minority when he cast his ballot against businessman Matt Bevin to be the next governor of Kentucky.  Bevin, who was elected, is a Republican businessman who wrapped his campaign around a pledge to dismantle Kynect, the state's version of the federal health-care law. This pledge would convert the Bluegrass state from perhaps the nation's premier ACA success story into the first to reverse the law's results.  "Republicans don't like Obamacare, and I don't know why," said Ryan.  "If Medicaid goes away, it would probably be a life-threatening event." Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images
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