Jeanne Galligan: Despite site, Obamacare not dead


Published: Monday, October 28, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 11:16 p.m.

A faction of Republicans in Congress stated publicly after Barack Obama was elected that their No. 1 priority was to make sure he was a one-term president — in other words, that his presidency failed.

All of their efforts on the state and federal level toward that goal, which need not be listed again here, have demonstrated their resolve. Now this faction is energetically proclaiming Obamacare dead because of the dysfunctional computer program (article, Oct. 23).

The health care website is a fiasco, as I know from my husband trying to sign up. But in states where governors want their citizens to have health care and are not dedicated to seeing the law fail, it is working beautifully.

The statement by Gov. Steve Beshear on the Kentucky.gov home page, “We are committed to helping all Kentuckians better understand their options and get the information needed to make the best choices about health insurance,” is in sharp contrast to our own Gov. Rick Scott.

The sign-up for health care in Kentucky is going swimmingly. Kentucky is one of 17 states that runs its own marketplace for uninsured people to shop for coverage, and it has succeeded in enrolling more than 15,000 people in health insurance since it began running Oct. 1.

The health care exchange was designed by CGI Group of Canada, the same firm facing blame for the technical problems of the federal exchanges. Of course, his website is enrolling hundreds of thousands, not hundreds of millions, but in Kentucky, signing up for health care is a “shining example” according to the National Public Radio show “Here and Now.”

If Gov. Scott, who will run for a second term next year, can’t abide health care for Floridians who otherwise won’t have it, maybe the person who replaces him as governor will be more helpful.

Jeanne Galligan lives in Gainesville.

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