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Beyond all the political rhetoric, there's a simple reality: Obamacare was designed to help real people solve a real problem—getting quality, affordable health insurance—and when you read their stories, they are quite moving. Take for example the stories told in this weekend's Washington Post from the perspective of Kentucky native Courtney Lively who has been signing up people for coverage in her home state's insurance exchanges:
Now it was the beginning of another day, and a man Lively would list as Client 375 sat across from her in her office at a health clinic next to a Hardee’s.

“So, is that Breathitt County?” she asked Woodrow Wilson Noble as she tapped his information into a laptop Thursday morning.

“Yeah, we live on this side of the hill,” said Noble, whose family farm had gone under, who lived on food stamps and what his mother could spare, and who was about to hear whether he would have health insurance for the first time in his 60-year-old life.

This is how things are going in Kentucky: As conservatives argued that the new health-care law will wreck the economy, as liberals argued it will save billions, as many Americans raged at losing old health plans and some analysts warned that a disproportionate influx of the sick and the poor could wreck the new health-care model, Lively was telling Noble something he did not expect to hear.

“All right,” she said. “We’ve got you eligible for Medicaid.”

Kentucky is a state where Obamacare is working and so far the best Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell can do is deride it as "free health care," which I guess means that the official Republican position is that health care coverage ought to be more expensive. With a message like that—and with newly insured Kentuckians in deep red areas talking about voting Democratic—it's clear that Obamacare could ultimately become the GOP's worst nightmare, despite the rocky rollout.

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  •  Benghazi. Death Panels. The end of comity. (15+ / 0-)

    Creeping socialism shoved down our throats.  As Jesus said, "Heal thyself."

    "Where some see a system for encouraging discussion . . . others see an echo chamber of bad grammar, unchecked stupidity, and constructive interference . . . " -- Ars Technica

    by Rikon Snow on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 11:29:31 AM PST

  •  Because a lot of people will APPROVE of it (5+ / 0-)

    -- even lots of white people -- and that's the kinda shit might take votes away from the Gee Oh Pee.

    Fight them to the end, until the children of the poor eat better than the dogs of the rich.

    by raincrow on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 11:38:03 AM PST

  •  McYertle's remark, calling it "free health care" (13+ / 0-)

    is actually a dog whistle to his base. It means, "tax increase to pay for blacks/Mexicans/someone you don't like getting healthcare". It's why they are so desperate to find people paying more under Obamacare -- even if they're getting better coverage. They want the middle class to balk at spending $100/year so their billionaire owners can avoid paying millions. Class warfare Republican style -- get the 99% to fight with each other so the rich can continue to loot the country.

    There are lies, damn lies, and statistics but they all pale in comparison to conservative talking points.

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 11:39:51 AM PST

  •  It's only free is you are poor. And how else do (5+ / 0-)

    we expect the poor to get care? Medicaid expansion pays hospitals for the FREE care they have always given and passed on to those who pay...and one day when a poor person gets  a better income they will pay for healthcare

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 11:40:50 AM PST

    •  Those who used the ER for "healthcare" (2+ / 0-)
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      waited, of course, until the need was extreme.  And they met a new health care provider each time they went.  That can hardly be called health care in a so-called developed nation.  

      Hopefully Mr. W. W. Noble now will be able to establish a good relationship with one doctor, who will keep a journal on him.  He will be able to ask about health problems which seem small, and his doctor will often be able to prevent the problems from becoming large.

      I hope the doctors treating such patients have patience.  The new situation will take some getting used to for people like this 60-year-old who's never before had health insurance!

      I congratulate all these newly insured people, and wish them good luck!

      The opposite of pro is con. So what's the opposite of progress?

      by DSPS owl on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 10:38:44 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Yup. A job with a living wage ought to do it. (8+ / 0-)

    Of course, the Republicans are against that too.

    The most violent element in society is ignorance.

    by Mr MadAsHell on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 11:47:30 AM PST

  •  You can begin to feel (4+ / 0-)

    the life slowly being squeezed from the GOP windbag.

    Ted Cruz (R-Tx) America's Prick

    by jackandjill on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 11:49:53 AM PST

  •  This train has left the station (10+ / 0-)

    What Mitch's end game is, I don't know. But it's too late. There is nothing legislatively he can do about it. And Steve Beshear is still governor of Kentucky, and it has a functional exchange for which there is no replacement--not to the system of old, anyway. And tens of thousands of Kentuckians are enrolled in Medicaid or private plans. And it will only go up.

    I know it still hasn't sunk in yet for the turtle and his servile backers, but ACA is going to work. All they can do is grasp at straws. Meanwhile, I laud the Democratic party for monitoring the progress of the exchanges so well. The finale of this movie is looking grim for the GOP, that much is true. They've made their own hard bed, placing so much of their future on this one law, and now they have to sleep in it. They're losing their grip on one of the most reliable regions in the country, which also has the highest rates of uninsured and poverty: Appalachia. Telling millions of poor, sick Appalachians to go to hell, because health care is a luxury to be endlessly fought for, is not a winning message.

    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~Edward Abbey ////\\\\ "To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships." ~W.E.B. DuBois

    by rovertheoctopus on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 11:55:35 AM PST

    •  ACA success does not guarantee any votes (0+ / 0-)

      We must not assume that benefiting from ACA is necessarily going to help the progressive cause.

      Republicans seem to be very good at getting people to vote against their own interests.  Although people benefit from any number of government programs, Republicans have still managed to get people to vote Republican, even while campaigning that they will take those benefits away from the people voting for them.

      The same story has played itself out with SNAP, with minimum wage, with taxes, etc -- it could easily play itself out again with ACA.

      Republicans will spin it as they have those other programs.  Create a mental distance between what voters are getting and the program itself -- and then claim that somewhere someone is taking advantage of the program who doesn't deserve the benefits.

      They prey on emotion -- mostly fear.  We need to counter that.  And raw facts don't counter fear.

  •  The GOP knew that it would work (1+ / 0-)
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    Which is precisely why they tried so hard to stop it.

    Just wait until next year. The Federal Government is going
    to stop reimbursing Hospitals for uninsured patient care.

    The states that have NOT joined the program are going
    to loose millions of dollars in revenue.

    I live in New Hampshire, the only state in the region that
    has NOT joined the program.

    I can't wait to hear from our State Legislature on HOW
    the Hospitals in this state are going to function without
    that Federal revenue.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 12:06:58 PM PST

  •  My wife's sister called yesterday.. (1+ / 0-)
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    DSPS owl

    she lives in KY and said that she was told "because of Obamacare"  her cancer treatments and surgeries are being denied payment and they are billing her directly.

    She's had a rough go of it.  She has  Crohn's Disease,  spreading cervical cancer, she's 34 and has had a full hysterectomy (spelling?) She's on KY's welfare system and doesn't receive any income from it.  She does receive food stamps, the value of which has been recently decreased.  

    She is considering returning to Ohio to be with family and friends, but I'm not sure how to respond to her about what she's been "told" until she could make such a move with her 2 yr old daughter.

    Would anyone have any information I could pass on to her or perhaps a general direction I can give her?

    I truly am at a loss...

    "To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain." - Louis L'Amour

    by Drokkenian on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 12:18:00 PM PST

    •  Call the KY governor. (0+ / 0-)

      I suspect the Vile Ones are lying to her.

      Is it not the case that
      1. the insurance in name only type policies become illegal in January, not now?
      2. Obama waived the termination of these policies for a year anyway?
      3. A cancellation of paid for insurance right now is not legal?

      Please correct me if I am wrong.

      Call the KY Gov quickly.

  •  The crux of this matter (0+ / 0-)

    . . . is whether the politics of delivering the goods can trump the politics of identity. But I'm not holding my breath - that's kind of like expecting truth to win out over falsehood. In the political arena, things usually don't work out that way.

  •  No fair! No sand in the gears! nt (0+ / 0-)
  •  Help (0+ / 0-)

    Please help us put pressure on our Governor (Robert Bentley) to expand Medicaid (please use the phone number)

  •  Obamacare is working (0+ / 0-)

    The article about how Obama care is working in Kentucky is why the Transylvania tea bag republiCONs are fighting so hard against it.  They know if it even works a little, it will be the death knell of the extreme right republican party.

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