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Democrat Governors Explain How Obamacare Works Well in Their States

| by Michael Allen

The Obamacare website HealthCare.gov has struggled since its roll out on Oct. 1 and people have lost their sub-standard policies because health insurance companies refuse to make changes to those existing policies, but there have been some success stories as well.

Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington (D). Steve Beshear, Governor of Kentucky (D) and Dannel P. Malloy, Governor of Connecticut (D), wrote an Op-Ed in The Washington Post today about how they've made Obamacare work in their states.

The governors write that Obamacare "has been successful in our states because our political and community leaders grasped the importance of expanding health-care coverage and have avoided the temptation to use health-care reform as a political football."

The governors say that "tens of thousands" of people, many who could not get health insurance before, have enrolled in Obamacare.

They cite the Medicaid expansion (part of Obamacare) in Washington State, which will "save more than $300 million for the state in the first 18 months, and, most important, provide several hundred thousand uninsured Washingtonians with health coverage."

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In Kentucky, the choice to expand Medicaid has "offered huge savings in the state budget and is expected to create 17,000 jobs," write the governors.

They also say the Connecticut health insurance exchange "has a customer satisfaction level of 96.5 percent" and "more than 82 percent of enrollees either 'extremely likely or 'very likely' to recommend the exchange to a colleague or friend."

Even though many Republicans are calling for the repeal of Obamacare on a daily basis, the governors say that they cannot "go back to the dark days before health-care reform, when people were regularly dropped from coverage, and those with 'bare bones' plans ended up in medical bankruptcy when serious illness struck, many times because their insurance didn’t cover much of anything."

According to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), some Republican governors have refused to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, which leaves over five million low-income Americans without health care.

Since the Supreme Court ruled Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion was optional, only 25 states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid.

“In states that expand their Medicaid programs, millions of adults will gain Medicaid coverage under the law. However, with many states opting not to implement the Medicaid expansion, millions of adults will remain outside the reach of the ACA and continue to have limited, if any, option for health coverage,” state the KFF researchers.

Sources: KFF.org and The Washington Post