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If only we’d allow Obamacare to “not work” in NC like it’s “not working” in Washington state

Health-Reform-SBAs Adam Linker explained last week when he debunked the latest conservative mythology surrounding the Affordable Care Act, the law continues to succeed despite its imperfections and the endless, hysterical attacks of the President’s political opponents.

Today, there’s still more confirmation of this undeniable reality from Washington state. As The Olympian reported this morning, the state’s uninsured rate has been plummeting:

State insurance officials say fewer than 9 percent of Washington residents still don’t have health insurance.

That’s a significant improvement from numbers before the Affordable Care Act went into effect.

The state Office of the Insurance Commissioner counted 970,000 uninsured Washington residents last year. That number is now 600,000 or about 8.65 percent of the state population.

Agency spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis told The Olympian (http://is.gd/p2XsBG ) two factors are driving the improvement: enrollment in Medicaid and sign-ups for private insurance, but inside and outside of the new state health insurance exchange.

The insurance department reports the individual market has grown to more than 327,000 policies. That represents about 81,000 more insured people than before Oct. 1, when Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange opened.

The exchange also helped sign up nearly 350,000 people for free insurance through Medicaid.

Despite the many successes here, at last check, North Carolina’s uninsured rate remains significantly higher.

5 Comments

  1. LayintheSmakDown

    July 19, 2014 at 10:03 am

    But it is more likely it will not work in the disastrous way it is turning out all over the country. Just because you pick and choose the few places where there is a modicum of success does not mean there is an overall benefit. You can buy a broken clock and be right two times a day, but it is a disaster for all but those two minutes.

  2. Pertains!

    July 19, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    If you, a loved one or a friend has a chronic condition having insurance can be the difference between life or a miserable premature death.

    I witnessed a woman with breast cancer so advanced an open wound was was visible. She could not find a doctor to provide her any type of care because she had no insurance. People without insurance are limited to the ER for access to medical care and hospitals have to absorb the loss.

    Families that do not have insurance can lead a life of fear just waiting for something to occur that can bankrupt them.

    I knew a man who would not allow 911 to be called because he did not have insurance. By the time his wife drove him to the hospital they ended up with medical bills in excess of $500,000. He and his wife were bankrupt in their late fifties due to lack of insurance.
    Needless to say the next heart attack he would not go to the hospital and died afraid and in pain in his kitchen All because he did not have insurance.

    NC should take care of the less fortunate and accept ACA as well as the Medicaid monies we have already paid for.

    Either hospitals will have to write off the losses or shut down due to the large number of people that are un-insured

  3. david esmay

    July 20, 2014 at 7:22 am

    LSD, cite an example of one disaster.

  4. ML

    July 21, 2014 at 9:18 am

    All over the country and disaster are pretty serious claims. Try dialing it back a bit.

  5. Alan

    July 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    He can’t dial it back, he states what his paymasters tell him to.