GOP Still Trying To Kill Americans, Even As The Uninsured Rate Continues To Drop

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With every new bit of polling that is done, the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” is looking like it is quickly becoming what Republicans feared it would become: successful. A just released Gallup poll confirms this, as the number of those without insurance continues to drop in most states.

According to Gallup, the uninsured rate for the first half of 2015 was lower than that of 2013 in every state except one. Only Wyoming bucked the trend, going from 16.6 percent uninsured two years ago, to 18.2 percent this year. Out of the states with the largest change in their rate of uninsured citizens, seven of the ten had expanded Medicaid, and had an insurance exchange that was either a stand-alone site, or one in partnership with the federal government in 2014. Two more states had done one or the other. Alaska stands alone as the only state among the top ten that has achieved that status without either a state exchange or Medicaid expansion. (Alaska Governor Bill Walker recently announced he would accept Medicaid expansion funds, over the objections of the state legislature.)

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Seven states now have uninsured rates that are at or below five percent: Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Before 2014, only Massachusetts had an uninsured rate that low. As you can probably guess, all seven of those states accepted Medicaid expansion, and all of them have either state-run exchanges, or state/federal partnership exchanges.

As the information above suggests, states that accepted Medicaid expansion, and have a state-run or partnership exchange have seen much larger drops in the rate of uninsured than those that have done one, or neither.

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Gallup points out that the 22 states that expanded Medicaid and set up a state or partnership exchange before 2015 had lower uninsured rates to begin with, but their reduction in the number of uninsured over the first half of 2015 still beat that of the other 28 states that had done only one or neither of those things.

How will Republicans handle this success?

Everybody except Republicans will admit that Obamacare is based on a proposal that came out of the Heritage Foundation in the 1990’s, and Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts program. As the law becomes more popular, we’ll probably eventually hit a point when Republicans start taking credit for it. But for the short-term, the rallying cry for the GOP masses is still “repeal and replace!”

The latest attempt to repeal Obamacare came in the Senate on July 26, where it failed, on a 49-43 party line vote. Opponents were attempting to attach a repeal amendment to a highway funding bill.

Republican leaders in the Senate have promised that they will attempt to move an Obamacare repeal bill to the president’s desk through use of budget reconciliation. Such a move would mean that the bill would only require 51 votes to pass in the Senate, thereby avoiding a Democratic filibuster. But, according to The Hill, some Republicans in Congress are saying that reconciliation should only be used for legislation that has a chance of becoming law. Of course, an Obamacare repeal has no chance of becoming law as long as President Obama holds the veto pen.

Gallup also says that now, about the same number of Americans support the law as oppose it. This is a change from recent times, when those opposed to Obamacare outnumbered its supporters by a fairly substantial margin. Republicans will only make matters worse for themselves and their party by continuing to kick the dead horse of Obamacare repeal. The Supreme Court has had the final word on the legality and constitutionality of the law, and Obamacare is here to stay. So kick away, Republicans, kick away.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info