Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Editorials

April 9, 2014

Numbers say stop fussin’ and start fixin’!

April 9, 2014 — We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again.

It is long past time for Republicans like U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell to stop complaining about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and start working with the other party to fix the pieces of the massive law that need fixing.

And we believe the right to choose your own health care provider should be the starting place for the repairs.

GOP members in the Kentucky General Assembly tried to politicize President Obama’s health care reforms in this year’s legislative session but had little effect.

They did approve meaningless budget language that says the Beshear administration can’t use any state general funds in the next two years to implement ACA in Kentucky.

That possibility has not been considered because the federal government is paying that bill for the first two years.

Our reason for writing again about this subject is the release of figures last week that show Kentuckians and Americans have responded in overwhelming numbers to the opportunity to acquire health coverage.

More than 370,000 Kentucky citizens — nearly 9 percent of our total population — signed up for coverage during the open enrollment period which began six months ago.

Even more impressive are the national figures that show the faulty national website and bad publicity at the beginning did not stop more than seven million Americans from signing up.

Such results demonstrate that a massive need existed for health care coverage that ACA offers, despite the harsh rhetoric from self-serving politicians.

Three out of four Kentuckians who signed up had no coverage previously.

Like it or not, the law is helping hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians who have endured illnesses that could have been treated or prevented.

Would one of these politicos dare tell a parent that their child needing treatment for drug abuse is not worth saving?

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