Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Already, with just 3 weeks into the beginning of the signup period for the affordable care plan known as Obamacare, it is proven that more people stand to gain health insurance than ever before.
Examples to date are as follows....
1) In the state of Oregon, 60,000 people under the Medicaid expansion of Obamacare have signed up. This stands for over a 10% reduction of uninsured in the state of Oregon.
2) In the state of New York, over 150,000 people have signed up for a private insurance plan using the state's exchange website.
3) In the state of Kentucky, approximately 1000 people per day are signing up for insurance using the state insurance exchange. By the way, there are at least 640,000 people in the state of Kentucky without insurance.
4) In the state of Washington, at least 35,000 people have enrolled in Medicaid, and at least 5,000 of them have enrolled in private insurance plans, not including another 60,000 people who have completed applications.
This is just the tip of the iceberg that proves there is now increased access to insurance which also includes access to Medicaid. Unfortunately for some applicants using state exchanges, Medicaid is now either not available or some still may not qualify for it like other states provide in Democratically controlled states. Republican controlled states run by Republican governors are limited to what the Republicans will allow concerning Medicaid, and unfortunately the people of those states needing the benefits of Medicaid cannot benefit from it.
It is true that the new ObamaCare website at healthcare.gov has been plagued with issues, but it is with the persistence of the complaints by Republicans that will bring to light all the issues that need fixed, and everyone that would need to use this site to purchase insurance will stand to benefit just by all of the complaints posed by the Republicans. Scrutiny ironically made by the Republicans, by the party that oppose Obamacare, will be just the medicine that the new health exchange at healthcare.gov needs to truly be successful.