By Robert A. Vella
Nothing rankles the ire of conservatives like President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act. The following stories detail the fate of Obamacare in two conservatives states. One had a Democratic governor who implemented the ACA, but now has a Republican at the helm. The other state had a Republican governor who refused to implement the ACA, but now has a Democrat in charge.
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has notified the federal government that Kentucky will dismantle its state health insurance exchange, Kynect.
The move will direct Kentuckians seeking health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, to use the federal health insurance site, HealthCare.gov.
More than 500,000 people have gotten health insurance through Kynect.
The end of Kynect is paired with the governor’s intention to change the state’s approach to Medicaid, which provides health insurance to low-income residents. Bevin promised to take both actions during and soon after last year’s gubernatorial campaign.
According to a Gallup Poll, Kentucky’s uninsured rate dropped from 20.4 percent to 9 percent during the first two years of implementation.
From The New York Times – Louisiana’s New Governor Signs an Order to Expand Medicaid:
BATON ROUGE, La. — On Tuesday, his second day in office, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order expanding Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, fulfilling a campaign promise that will expand health coverage to hundreds of thousands of people in one of the nation’s poorest states.
The action by Mr. Edwards, a Democrat, under President Obama’s health care law was expected to be one of the most significant and immediate results of his election in November, when he defeated Senator David Vitter, a Republican whose campaign was tainted by a prostitution scandal.
Mr. Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, in some ways ran as a conservative Democrat, opposing abortion and gun restrictions. But he has also vowed to address the plight of the roughly one in five Louisiana residents who live in poverty, according to federal census figures.