It’s beyond obvious what game Republicans are playing, but the media? Hey, short of any government shutdowns, school shootings or high profile sex scandals, they’ll milk whatever they can milkl.
Forget that the Affordable Care Act is in its infancy. But it’s like trying to put the baby to sleep because it wasn’t born housebroken. After all, this is something that – in theory anyway – that’s going to be around for decades to come.
However not everybody is up you know what creek.
Take my old state Kentucky (betcha didn’t know I’m a Kentucky Colonel).
“We hit the gorund running on October one and I think everyone in the country now feels like the Kentucky healthcare exchange – the Kynect as we call it – is sort of the gold standard, because it’s working,” Kentucky governor Steve Beshear told CNN. “We are signing up people at roughly a thousand a day. It’s a great success so far.”
Funny thing – unlike Kansas and other so-called Red States – Kentucky and 16 other states did their homework prior to Obamacare becoming law.
“You know, it was an easy decision for me,” Beshear says. “Both from a moral standpoint, because we’ve got 640,000 uninsured Kentuckians and I want to make sure that every single Kentuckian has access to affordable healthcare. It was also the best economic decision because I had outside experts telling me that it’s going to create about 17,000 new jobs over the next eight years and infuse about $15 billion into our economy. So it’s a win-win for us.”
That despite startup website woes, certain to fade into history with barely an asterisk.
“For some states the rollout has been smooth. Seventeen of those states – including the District of Columbia have set up their own exchanges with fewer website issues,” CNN reports.
“Let me just give a piece of unsolicited advice to the critics and honestly, to the news media,” he says with a smile. “Take a deep breath. You know, this system is going to work. The only thing that isn’t working right now on the federal level is the website. I’ll guarantee you that whether it’s a week from now, two weeks from now, a month from now, they’ll get it up. They’ll get it working. People will be signing up.
“You know, the last time we did a major transformational change in healthcare in America was back in 1965, I think it was. When they passed Medicare. Well, history shows us that it took two or three years before to work through all of the bumps in the road and all of the kinks, to get it up and running and making sure that everybody joined up. So this is going to work and everybody just needs to chill out a little.”