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I lost my job back in late October.  The only bit of good news I have received recently is that I do get unemployment, and because of my situation, I actually qualified under the ACA for the Medicaid expansion in KY.  Starting Jan 1st, I will get Medicaid, so I am grateful to Obama and those who pushed for expansion of Medicaid.  Otherwise, I'd have to pay over 500 dollars a month for COBRA.  One thing that I did notice while I was signing up for Medicaid is that the state of Kentucky is doing some due diligence and also signing people up to register to vote.

It was the registering people to vote that I wanted to bring to everyone's attention.  

I will be the first to complain about the moribund Democratic Party in KY.  I could go on and on about what is wrong with the state Democratic Party.  However, Governor Beshear has done a good job with the health insurance exchange, and they do ask while you are online if you are registered to vote.

Now, I have been registered to vote for what seems like a century or more, so I did check the box that I was already registered.  This is probably a small bug with the website, but the state of Kentucky went ahead and sent me out a form asking again do I want to sign up to vote with the other paperwork to verify that I signed up for health insurance.  Possibly a bug or redundancy in the system, but I'm glad that the state does that.

What does surprise me is that the Republicans are not screaming bloody murder about this aspect of the ACA in KY.  I suppose the Republicans are too busy spreading the rumor that the dread Obamacare enforces those who sign up to have a chip implanted in their arms to scream about voter registration efforts.  Bigotry and scare tactics seem to be the MO of Kentucky Republicans with regards to the ACA.

But I don't know how many of those signing up under the ACA are unregistered voters.  All I do know is that there were 640.000 Kentuckians without health insurance before the exchange was established.  As of tomorrow, approximately 100,000 Kentuckians will have signed up for health insurance.  Even the state though does not believe that all the uninsured will sign up in the first six months, but if the trend continues, probably over 350,000 will be signed up by the end of March 2014.

Originally posted to Merlin1963 on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 05:34 PM PST.

Also republished by Appalachian Journal and My Old Kentucky Kos.

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  •  One reason they're not screaming bloody murder (1+ / 0-)
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    Pluto

    may be that in Kentucky, Democrats and Republicans actually sorta, kinda get along.

    I know, weird.

    •  Kentucky has one of the best state exchanges (5+ / 0-)

      …in the country. It's all quite strange.

    •  I don't think they do (1+ / 0-)
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      Ky DEM

      from the stories I hear they seem to be at each other's throats. Kentucky politics is not a friendly sport.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 05:50:49 PM PST

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      •  Just a few months Gov. Beshear was talking about (1+ / 0-)
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        jrand

        how well the Dems and GOP are working together. I'll try to find where I read that.

        •  they have to work together because (1+ / 0-)
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          Ky DEM

          Republicans control the state senate and Dems the state house and most statewide offices, but if you read Beshear's history with people like McConnell and David Williams its not terribly nice.

          ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

          by James Allen on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 06:03:31 PM PST

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          •  Not necessarily. (0+ / 0-)

            In Congress, Republicans control the House and Dems control the Senate, and they seem perfectly content to not work together.

            About an announcement of a summit for ideas to improve Kentucky's economy this past October:

            The event Monday was a bipartisan show of support for the effort to come up with a plan for the region. Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, and Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, also spoke.
            And here is a quote from Beshear from 2011 regarding a gambling amendment:
            Beshear echoed that. "I had a very good meeting with Senator Thayer today, and we will indeed be working together on the gaming amendment," he said. "Senator Thayer and I share the same goal: to get an amendment on the ballot in November. Kentuckians clearly want to vote on this issue, and I look forward to working with Senator Thayer to bring that vote to our citizens."
            Bipartisan support for a summit on economic development. Democrats meeting with Republicans and pledging to work together for the best interests of the citizens.

            We'd throw a party if congressional legislators went even half as far.

  •  I believe that it is a Federal law (6+ / 0-)

    …that voting registration be included in Federal applications for assistance.

    Probably a Republican amendment. That would be ironic.

  •  Good to hear this, friend (1+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA

    Thanks for taking a moment and sharing this news with us.  And kudos to Beshear for working this into the process, if indeed it was his idea.

    Through early morning fog I see visions of the things to be the pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see...

    by Keith930 on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 05:47:14 PM PST

  •  the Dem party there is actually quite strong (2+ / 0-)
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    locally, with a narrow majority in the state house and all but one statewide executive office. Its just in federal offices and the state senate where we're weak.

    Hopefully this will help Alison Lundergan Grimes, though.

    ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

    by James Allen on Sun Dec 22, 2013 at 05:49:45 PM PST

  •  McConnell seems insane (4+ / 0-)
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    Pluto, FiredUpInCA, Ky DEM, jrand

    One by one, Kentucky low-income citizens are learning the value of "Obamacare." The state did it well.

    Is Mitch crazy? He will have to tack right to fend off a winger challenger, and a goodly percent of those who get covered will see what a hypocrate he is.

    We always ask why voters vote against their self-interest. It's often our fault, because we overcomplicate our explanations. But this is a situation where people will be visiting their doctors insured before the election.

    McConnell must be insane.

  •  Probably more unregistered than you realize (1+ / 0-)
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    In my experience, rollin' with the less financially secure among us, a huge swath -huge - of potential Democratic voters exist in an extremely tenuous state of life that makes registering to vote sound like a ridiculous joke. Ironically, if they bothered, they would turn the tide in our politics. Millions of minimum wagers think they're the only ones treading water (or worse) so "voting" is an abstract absurdity. If everyone voted the Democratic party would become the "conservative" party in this country. Republicans only exist because of the self-inflicted wound of apathy, especially in "off-year" elections.

    Registering and voting would make 90% of the stories on this site unnecessary. It's the silver bullet of our time and this administration is quietly doing the ground work while pundits ruminate about "the worst fifth year ever?"

    The thing I regard this president most for is that he knows he can only be the first of what needs to be many Democratic wins. He wasn't supposed to change everything in particular - it was never gonna happen with the casino so thoroughly rigged - but his administration (and Reid) is/are using the "outrage" over false scandal to deflect attention from the foundational changes they are making for future governments.

    And that future may be soon. I think the "fever breaking" is wrapped up in the ACA, including the surreptitious registering of marginalized people whose votes will redefine the lines for a generation. Depending on how many start seeing benefits from ACA it could change some key races in 2014, but unfortunately the sea change can't really come til 2020 when district lines can be redrawn. We have to pay for the apathy of 2010.

    •  I'm sure you are correct (0+ / 0-)

      It is has been shown that those with lower incomes are more likely not to be registered to vote than higher income individuals.  And even being registered to vote does not mean that someone will vote.  I don't know how many in KY are unregistered, but I'm betting that you are correct that a significant number of the uninsured in KY are also unregistered voters.  I don't have that data at my fingertips.

      However, I do know that that Mitch McConnell's greatest electoral victory was in 2002 with approximately 332,000 votes over his opponent.  It was a midterm election, and it was one year after 9/11 and during the drum beat for the Iraq War.  
       

  •  Award medal (after Bevin/McConnell primary) (0+ / 0-)

    to the person who inserted this redundancy:

    I did check the box that I was already registered...but the state of Kentucky went ahead and sent me out a form asking again do I want to sign up to vote...Possibly a bug or redundancy
    ...which seems sure to remind every newly insured already registered voter to encourage other newly insured to register.

    Is the vote sign-up form pre-printed with the recipient's name, or is it blank and usable by anybody that the recipient forwards it to?

  •  I don't recall (0+ / 0-)

    I didn't keep the form because I am already registered to vote, but it is an excellent question you raise.  Sorry I can't tell you.

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