Obamacare Enrollment Continues To Surge In Kentucky As 265,000 Have Now Enrolled

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Through the end of February, Kentucky’s health insurance marketplace, Kynect, has enrolled over 265,000 people in healthcare coverage since open enrollment started in October. In the month of February alone, 70,000 people signed up for a new healthcare plan. This has to be disappointing news for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is running for reelection in November and is using the ACA as a major campaign issue.

Joe Sonka, the news editor for LEO Weekly, was on top of this news on Friday and sent out the following tweets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What has happened in Kentucky is absolutely amazing and a testament to the dedication of Democratic Governor Steve Beshear. Instead of playing to the largely conservative population of his state, he decided to get in front of other Red states, who planned on doing nothing, and work with how the law was intended. He wanted to make affordable health care available to the citizens of Kentucky because he knew many needed it. So he made sure the insurance exchange would be ready and operational on October 1st, 2013, when open enrollment began under the ACA.

As Sonka tweeted out, the majority of people eligible for Medicaid under the ACA have no received coverage. Nearly half of all enrollees in Kentucky are 35 or younger. For Kentuckians, Obamacare is a complete and total success. Instead of doing nothing and letting his state’s residents have to rely on the federal marketplace, like the state’s Republicans wanted him to do, Beshear made the law work as it was meant to and now has nearly 300,000 people in his state covered, many for the first time in their lives.

With Obamacare a rousing success in Kentucky, it will be difficult for McConnell to make it an issue to successfully campaign against. However, McConnell has put all his eggs in that basket and he is going to have to carry though with it. McConnell has a serious Democratic challenger in Alison Grimes. Polls have shown it as either a dead heat or Grimes in the lead. That was all before Grimes unleashed the Big Dog and had Bill Clinton go out and campaign for her.

The ACA is the law of the land. It isn’t going anywhere. Millions and millions of people across the country are signing up and getting affordable health care. Republicans themselves acknowledge that they have no viable replacement for the ACA, four years after it was passed. It is time for the GOP to move on. If they continue to make Obamacare a key election issue in this year’s mid-terms and 2016, it will be a loser for them. The American people have come to accept the health care law. Maybe its time for Republicans to come to grips with it.

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3 Replies to “Obamacare Enrollment Continues To Surge In Kentucky As 265,000 Have Now Enrolled”

  1. GOPTP politicians are only interested in lying to keep their seats in Congress. I remember reading about a guy in KY who got health insurance a few months ago for the first time in his life. He said that since the GOPTP was against Obamacare, he guesses he’ll be voting for democrats in the future. Those in KY who now have health insurance for the first time in their lives aren’t as stupid as McConnell and Bevin think they are. If these tools think these people are going to give up their health insurance knowing that they plan to go to D.C. and take it away form them, they’re two of the stupidest politicians in the country. When voters look at something from a personal POV, it becomes more precious to them, and they want to insure it continues to exist to benefit them and their families. Neither McConnell nor Bevin will ever have a problem obtaining health insurance, but many of the voters in KY will. Hopefully, they’ll remember in Nov. which party’s politicians made it possible.

  2. The more people personally learn about Obamacare, the less traction that Republican lies has with them. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul have been politically viable due to the way so many Kentuckians have consistently been conned to voted against their own economic interests. I hope the fact that more and more Kentuckians are liking Obamacare after signing up for it is the start of having the wool pulled from over their eyes and seeing these two bozos for what they truly are. After that, they need to vote these fools out of office.

  3. I wonder if anyone is going to pick up on the Alan Grayson statement that the rethug idea for health care is ‘die quickly’, it is no joke and the rethug governor in Georgia wants to do just that. After closing 4 hospitals he now wants to repeal the law that says the poor can go to emergency rooms.
    So now if the poor have a heart attack they just die quickly after being turned away!

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