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Govs: How KY, WA, CT made Obamacare a success

Read this if you want to know how three states are making a huge success out of Obamacare. ┬áHaving a state exchange that works helps, but the real reason is strong bipartisan commitment to doing what’s best for the health of people:

The Affordable Care Act has been successful in our states because our political and community leaders grasped the importance of expanding health-care coverage and have avoided the temptation to use health-care reform as a political football.

I wish our Governor and state legislators so opposed to Obamacare would travel around the state like we are doing here at the Justice Center. They could see both the hope the prospect of finally being able to afford decent health care brings as well as the despair and anger when many people realize the roadblocks state politicians have put in place like refusing to expand Medicaid or turning down a state health exchange.

4 Comments

  1. Asok Asus

    November 21, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    We ain’t seen nothing yet. Just wait until 50 million “Progressives” lose their insurance come October 2014, and then find out their new KommieKare plan costs twice as much, has triple the out-of-pocket, and their doctor/hospital network looks like a Medicaid plan.

    Tens of thousand, hey? Well, let’s look at the REAL numbers, not the phony propaganda ones:

    Conneticut (as of 11/17/13)

    Connecticut enrolled fewer 4,418 in total.

    (http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/11/17/obamacare-enrollment-5-states-with-the-most-impres.aspx)

    Washington state:

    The Spokane news rag reported on KommieKare signups this weekend (Spokesman-Review, Saturday, 16Nov13, page A1, A4)

    About 500,000 unique visits to the website (about the population of the Spokane metropolitan area)

    About 51,000 signed up for Medicaid ( ~10%)

    About 21,000 completed the application, no payment submitted (~4%)

    About 4,800 signed up and qualified for a subsidy from the taxpayers (~1%)

    About 1,500 signed up and did not qualify/did not seek a subsidy from the taxpayers (~0.33%)

    Kentucky (as of Nov 1)

    In Kentucky, the marketplace has received 25,654 Medicaid enrollments, about four times the 5,891 private insurance enrollments submitted.

    (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/31/in-first-month-the-vast-majority-of-obamacare-sign-ups-are-in-medicaid/)

    These are hardly successful numbers unless you count Medicaid signups as successful, but then again, Medicaid could have been expanded WITHOUT destroying the rest of the health care and insurance system.

    As far as PRIVATE signups, we see just a few thousand (not tens of thousands), which hardly compensates for the hundreds of thousands in these states that have had their non-compliant policies cancelled, leaving them and their families with NO health care come 1/1/2014.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    November 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Why did you leave California out of the success stories? I am sure it must be because 49 million are now without health insurance.

  3. Alan

    November 22, 2013 at 8:16 am

    49 million? Data that backs up this rather large number?

  4. Alex

    November 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Yes Adam, great success in Kentucky ! 273,000 people have lost their insurance offset by a few thousand who have signed up for either Medicaid or free insurance. Healthcare is in the biggest mess now that I’ve ever seen in my life. Most of the folks who signed up will make 2 or 3 payments, and then forget about it.