Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Bevin Can't Wait to Kill Half a Million Kentuckians

Because once the ACA - also known as kynect and Obamacare and expanded Medicaid - goes away, we'll be back to the suffering of 10 years ago, when you couldn't get health insurance if you had a pre-existing condition or if you worked a minimum-wage job.

The suffering of 10 years ago, when a single bad accident or serious illness or cancer diagnosis would either bankrupt you or kill you because you turned down treatment you couldn't afford.

The suffering of 10 years ago - only worse, because high-risk pools Do. Not. Work. - is what Governor "I got mine, fuck you" Bevin can't wait to establish in Kentucky
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin is urging GOP leaders in Congress to repeal Obamacare “in its entirety,” including the Medicaid expansion and popular consumer protections.

In a Jan. 6 letter to House Republicans, Bevin did not advocate any major replacement ideas. Instead, he said Kentucky should be given “maximum flexibility” to regulate health insurance as the state did before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

“States understand the unique challenges and demographics of their own populations, so repealing the cumbersome one-size-fits-all” law will allow states to “be nimble” and develop their own health care solutions, Bevin wrote. “Congress should repeal the ACA in its entirety and permit Kentucky to return to regulating the health insurance market under its existing state authority.”

A spokeswoman for the governor did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But the Kentucky Republican’s letter stands in sharp contrast to missives from other GOP governors, including Ohio’s John Kasich, who called on lawmakers in Washington to preserve the Medicaid expansion and other elements of the ACA.

The Medicaid expansion helped drive down Kentucky’s uninsured rate from 14.3 percent in 2013 to 6 percent in 2015, one of the sharpest declines of any state in the country, according to data from the U.S. Census and an analysis by Gallup, the nonpartisan polling outlet.

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