Bad News for McConnell: Obamacare Cuts Kentucky’s Uninsured By 40%

If I still lived in Kentucky, I’m pretty sure I’d be voting for Alison Grimes and not Mitch McConnell.

Yep, as blue as the Kentucky grass I damn sure would.

You know what? Whether you call it the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, or my favorite lie, government-run socialist healthcare. The fact remains: it is working — and, it will continue to get better. It’s like President Obama said yesterday in his remarks in the wake of the March 31st deadline, “Armageddon hasn’t happened.” The fact remains: many people who were unable to access healthcare coverage before the law because of affordability are being covered. Period!

mitch-mcconnell-obamacare-kentucky (1)So let’s take a look at how that evil Kenyan voodoo doctor medicine thing is working out in Kentucky, shall we? You see, Kentucky happens to be one of the poorest states in the country. Having lived there for a number of years after college, I can tell you many stories about the place. Heck, my first-born child and my ex-wife both still live in Kentucky. But from all accounts, although Kentucky overwhelmingly voted against Obama in both general election cycles, his policy is working.

This from TPM:

Obamacare has cut Kentucky’s uninsured population by more than 40 percent, signing up roughly 360,000 residents since enrollment opened up on Oct. 1, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

 

Some 75 percent of them — 270,000 — were previously uninsured. That means Kentucky’s uninsured population of 640,000 has come down by 42 percent.

 

The enrollment figures, which state officials relayed to the Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader, underscore the relative success of Kentucky’s state-based Obamacare exchange compared to other states and, in some ways, the HealthCare.gov federal marketplace portal.

 

Like the federal government, Kentucky has decided to give people who began their applications until April 15 to sign up for insurance on the exchanges. State officials told the Herald-Leader that those who are eligible for Medicaid can sign up after the March 31 deadline.

Now don’t tell this news to Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, who is locked into a battle for his senate seat in this year’s midterm elections against Democratic challenger Alison Grimes. As if it wasn’t bad enough that McConnell featured members of the Duke basketball team in his campaign ad — you know, because he is and loves Kentucky — this latest Obamacare news makes it tough for McConnell to convince Kentuckians that the Affordable Care Act is bad for Kentucky and the country.

Yes, it’s a real heavy lift especially when for the first time in decades, some Kentuckians are finally getting teeth and access to other needed medical procedures; as well as much-needed prescription drugs other than the Oxycontin many are hooked on. That said, pardon my Kentucky jokes — I went to college in Indiana so I can get a pass for that depending on which side of the Ohio river you live.

Vote responsibly, Kentucky…