Saturday, September 19, 2015

Why Does Matt Bevin Hate Kentucky?

Kentucky leads the nation on a positive measure of health and economic well-being for once in our benighted history.

For once, it's not "Thank god for Mississippi" but "We're Number One."  Thanks to Obamacare.

Matt Bevin wants to kill that and send us back to the dark ages of hillbilly healthcare.

Kentucky had the biggest decline among the 50 states last year in percentage of people without health insurance, according to census figures released Wednesday.

The percentage of uninsured Kentuckians dropped from 14.3 percent in 2013 to 8.5 percent in 2014, a 5.8 percentage-point decline, the U.S. Census Bureau said. Stated another way, the uninsured population in Kentucky went from 616,000 to 366,000, a decrease of 250,000.

"This step toward a healthier Kentucky has a direct link to our economic future because better health, especially for our work force, has tangible positive impacts — fewer sick days, more production and a higher quality of life for our citizens," Gov. Steve Beshear said in a statement.

Kentucky's decline in its uninsured population was more than double the 2.8 percentage-point decrease nationally. 


The data also confirmed a large independent survey, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which found a statistically significant drop in the uninsured rate for most states since the Affordable Care Act's coverage push began at the end of 2013. States like Kentucky that embraced Medicaid expansion saw bigger declines.

The census results came a day after a televised debate in which the three Kentucky gubernatorial candidates traded barbs about whether the state can afford the costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Kentucky's version is called Kynect.

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