Gallup's new numbers on the uninsured show that Kentucky cut its percentage of uninsured from 20.4% to 11.9, an 8.5% drop and second only to Arkansas, which saw a 10.1% drop to 12.4%.
Arkansas and Kentucky lead all other states in the sharpest reductions in their uninsured rate among adult residents since the healthcare law's requirement to have insurance took effect at the beginning of the year. Delaware, Washington, and Colorado round out the top five. All 10 states that report the largest declines in uninsured rates expanded Medicaid and established a state-based marketplace exchange or state-federal partnership.
Imagine that. In states where Obamacare was allowed to work, it's working. In states controlled by Republicans, who want people to be uninsured because they hate Obama, it's not working as well.
As Gallup previously reported, the states that chose to expand Medicaid and set up their own health exchanges had a lower uninsured rate to begin with: 16.1% compared with 18.7% for the remaining states -- a difference of 2.6 percentage points. The already notable gap between the two groups of states widened through the first quarter to 4.3 points, as states that have implemented these core mechanisms of the Affordable Care Act reduced their uninsured rates three times more than states that did not implement these core mechanisms.
"But here in Kentucky, we hate that there Obama fella. Even though he got us affordable health coverage for the first time in years."
At some point people will recognize what the Affordable Care Act did for them. By then President Obama will be long out of office, I fear.