Beshear to Blame for 500,000 Disconnected from Kynect

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The old adage goes that “elections have consequences.” This is playing out true in Kentucky, where the election of Governor-Elect Matt Bevin is raising all sorts of concerns in our capital city. Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has publicly stated that he intends to dismantle Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare”. The unintended consequence of doing so is that approximately 500,000 Kentuckians may lose their healthcare coverage through the exchange.

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While it’s unfortunate that 500,000 Kentuckians may lose their coverage, Gov.-elect Bevin may be saving our commonwealth from a bigger problem, a collapse or a serious underfunding of the state’s medical coverage as a whole. It may be that Gov.-elect Bevin is already proving himself valuable to the commonwealth, even before being sworn in on Dec. 9 later this year.

Kentucky’s ACA Exchange was created by Executive Order (2015-387) which established the exchange under Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration. The State Senate nor the State House were ever consulted in the establishment of the exchange. Indeed, Gov. Beshear rode roughshod over the legislative process in the act of establishing the exchange. No bills were proposed in the House or Senate chambers, nor any legislation made of it. Even if the governor did present a bill in general assembly, it would have failed in the Senate, where the GOP majority would have stopped the exchange. Obamacare, even though it’s covering people, is still unpopular in the conservative state.

Rep. Joni Jenkins in an interview with WFPL’s Jan’el Johnson, stated “that we have a very successful model exchange that is very unique for our state”. The uniqueness of the exchange is only unique in the fact that it was created via Gov. Steve Beshear’s executive order.

Executive orders, no matter what they are, can be rescinded by future administrations.

Did Steve Beshear, in his desire for expediency, fail as a governor by not leading the General Assembly through the legislative process to create a legislative structure for the existence of the healthcare exchange to institute the provision as law?

While many are quick to place blame at the incoming governor, they forget that if the outgoing governor had mustered the courage to want to pass a law, the 500,000 or so people insured under Kynect, may have kept their coverage.

Other states, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, and other states’ legislatures all set up their exchange via the passage of state laws.

State laws are harder to change than executive orders.

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2 Comments on "Beshear to Blame for 500,000 Disconnected from Kynect"

  1. And I just noticed the URL to this stupidity is “http://bluegrassconservative.com/2015/11/09/beshear-to-blame-for-500000-disconnected-from-kynect/”.
    YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS.
    Nor can you consider yourself a serious political writer of any merit.
    When will you write the truth? “http://bluegrassconservative.com/2015/11/09/bevin-to-blame-for-500000-disconnected-from-kynect”
    How can a serious, sane person say otherwise in public and sleep at night?

  2. Simply an astoundly disingenuous piece of writing. Obviously, your approach to Gov. Beshear is Damned he do, Damned if he don’t.
    Does this now represent your support for Kynect and healthcare for Kentuckians?
    Bevin says he’ll dismantle Kynect because he “believes the state‚Äôs health insurance exchange is redundant because Kentuckians can get the same benefits via the federal exchange.”
    Yet, every Presidential candidate that that you or he supports vows to abolish the federal exchange.
    Where does that leave Kentuckians?
    This is just another “Beshear to Blame…” headline in service to blame him retroactively for the impending disastrous tenure of Matt Bevin.

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