Uninsured North Carolinians Celebrate Obamacare’s Opening Day
State health insurance marketplaces start enrollment push despite government shutdown
(Raleigh, NC) – For the more than 1.5 million uninsured North Carolinians, today is a day to celebrate the long-awaited opening day of Healtcare.gov, the state marketplace for people to enroll in coverage under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Starting today, people who are uninsured or expect to be uninsured in 2014 can sign up for affordable, comprehensive health benefits. When these plans take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, it will fulfill a key promise of the law by outlawing decades of health insurance discrimination against millions of people with pre-existing conditions who were denied coverage or price-gouged if they could get it.
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The good people at Think Progress explain this morning why the tantrum by Texas Senator Ted Cruz is ultimately, no more than that – a tantrum of the ilk that one might normally associate with an spoiled and uninformed adolescent.
“On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to the floor to speak against the health reform law, attempting to block a funding bill from coming to a vote in the Senate. Cruz has been pushing to derail that funding bill unless it includes a provision to defund Obamacare — a far-right strategy that could ultimately force the federal government to shut down next week, and a tactic that doesn’t actually have the support of GOP leadership or the vast majority of Republican voters. Nonetheless, when he began speaking on Tuesday afternoon, Cruz vowed to continue his “speaking filibuster” until he is “no longer able to stand.”
Cruz’s dramatic anti-Obamacare crusade has captured media attention for weeks. But when it comes to the realities of health reform, it couldn’t matter less.
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When Governor McCrory and the NC General Assembly rejected federal money under the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid to 500,000 lower-income North Carolinians, they also sent back a $74 million grant NC had already received to help advertise and enroll more moderate-income people in the new NC Health Exchange. This is where people buying insurance on their own who don’t qualify for Medicaid will get tax credits to buy affordable health plans. In states like Oregon where they accepted federal money to expand Medicaid and get the word out about affordable coverage advertising is already starting:
One final thought: States like Oregon are thanking states like NC profusely. NC citizens are now sending their federal tax dollars that used to be marked for making insurance affordable in NC to Oregon and other states now moving forward with the Affordable Care Act.
If only North Carolina’s governor would listen to the GOP leader of his native state.
By David Morgan
(Reuters) – Ohio’s Republican governor, John Kasich, is no fan of President Barack Obama’s health reform law. But he has become an unlikely proponent of one element of Obamacare – expansion of Medicaid healthcare coverage for the poor – and he has a warning for his fellow party members about the moral consequences of blocking it.
“When you die and get to the meeting with St. Peter, he’s probably not going to ask you much about what you did about keeping government small, but he’s going to ask you what you did for the poor. You’d better have a good answer,” Kasich, a Christian conservative, says he told one Ohio lawmaker last week.
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From my good friends at the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. Even a kid can tell you which choice is better when it comes to making sure 500,000 parents and adults in N.C. get health care through accepting the federal money to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act: