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Kentucky Enquirer Op-Ed: Kentuckians not buying Obamacare

October 3, 2013 in Politics & Elections

On Tuesday, the law we’ve come to know as Obamacare officially went online. The federal government can now force you to buy a product it wants you to buy – one that will cost more than it ought to. And, if you don’t like it, tough; the feds will just hit you with punitive taxes.
Gov. Steve Beshear seems to think this is a good deal for Kentuckians. He took to the pages of The New York Times to sing Obamacare’s praises and blast both of us for daring to oppose a law that so many Kentuckians want to see repealed. For those concerned about Obamacare, the governor’s message was basically this: ‘Get over it.’
We’re sure that won him some applause in Manhattan. But the self-congratulatory rhetoric won’t do much for families like yours. Obamacare might sell in New York, but Kentuckians aren’t buying it.
Both of us have heard your concerns in letters, phone calls and countless health care town halls. Like you, we understand that for many this law is going to mean lost health plans, layoffs and smaller paychecks. Some have already started to see the effects. Recall, as just one example, the spouses recently forced off health plans at some of our state’s largest employers.
And yet, the governor described his implementation of Obamacare in glowing terms. We heard the same kind of spin two years ago when he moved Kentucky’s Medicaid recipients to a managed care system. That was before Kentuckians found out about patients being denied treatments or forced to travel long distances as a result, or about doctors and hospitals left for months with unpaid bills. Kentucky’s largest newspaper called the rollout ‘disastrous.’ Now, Beshear wants to add hundreds of thousands more to this broken system. But our state needs an additional 3,700 doctors just to meet current demand, so he seems to be promising Kentuckians insurance he can’t deliver. That’s not right.
The governor likes to tout his so-called discounts for health insurance too. What he won’t tell you is that most Kentuckians won’t receive them, and that the subsidies will be financed by higher taxes and cuts to Medicare.
As for the supposed economic benefits of Obamacare, good people can debate the numbers he cited. But this much is clear: The law is imposing nearly two dozen new taxes, many of which will affect middle-class families. And he said almost nothing about the fact that …read more


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