Skip to comments.How Red States Are Holding Back Obamacare
Posted on 01/19/2014 7:11:07 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Everybody knows that red state officials arent enthusiastic about Obamacare. Some of them are even trying to undermine it. But are they succeeding? Are they actually holding back the law? Here are two reasons to think the answer is yesone somewhat ambiguous, one very clear.
The firstthe ambiguous oneis some information that became a little more than a week ago, when the federal government released new information about the people enrolling in private Obamacare insurance plans. The data doesnt reveal a lot of things. It doesnt say how many people have actually paid premiums, for example. And it doesnt say how many people had insurance before. But it does break down the numbers by state. For each one, plus the District of Columbia, you can see exactly how many people have signed up for a private insurance plan through one of the new marketplaces.
Analysts at the Kaiser Family Foundation have since taken those numbers, state by state, and compared them to the number of people eligible to get private insurance through the marketplaces. The result, in each case, is a percentagethe proportion of eligible residents who have signed up for private Obamacare plans. The analysts at Kaiser, a carefully non-partisan foundation, didn't take into account state political environments. The graph below, which I constructed, does.
Of the ten states that have the higher percentages, eight are solidly blue, in the sense that they voted for the Democratic president in the last three presidential elections....
(Excerpt) Read more at newrepublic.com ...
What, no mention of Bush being at fault?
Well, when you consider that AMERICANS never wanted any part of ObamaCare, this should have been expected. The only people who wanted ObamaCare were the ‘RAT politicians and their freeloading voter base.
This whole labeling thing needs to be reversed to label the commie/fascist/socialist states as "Red".
Hmmmm...I wonder if it's because their site's not working.
All that chart tells me is that we are hopelessly outnumbered and the Republic is doomed.
It isn’t a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.
If the Rats get the House back in November, well...
The problem that liberals are having to come to grips with is that not everyone is a liar who views things through a political lens.
When conservatives said ‘We don’t want the Affordable Care Act’, what liberals heard was ‘We are opposed to anything you propose’. What conservatives meant was ‘We don’t want the Affordable Care Act’.
What liberals expected was that once the law was passed, those conservatives really would want the act, because it was a good idea. (Of course they thought it was a good idea, that’s why they championed it.) What they didn’t expect was that conservatives, even after having lost the political fight, were being 100% honest in not wanting the law. So they aren’t signing up for it.
The idea of principles and beliefs beyond politics is something liberals don’t understand at all.
No, it’s because almost everyone there is already signed up for Romneycare.
When the law allows for opting in or opting out, and states can choose between the two, and they choose to opt out of creating exchanges, how is that "holding back?" They are exercising their legal rights that were legislated by their representatives in Congress.
The same can be said for Article V conventions. If the states have two paths to control the federal government, sending politicians to Congress who can vote for amendments or convening a convention of the states to propose their own amendments, and the states choose to convene to propose their own, is that "holding back" (or the real word they wanted to use "undermining") the federal government?
Do people really expect us to follow some unwritten rule that certain "negotiated" or "compromise" amendments are added to bill, but we're not supposed to actually use them later on? They are only there for show, for the political expediency of getting the bill passed, but that nobody really expected anyone to actually want to DO it? And that we will delegitimize anyone who tries to?
It used to be not so long ago...
I AM opposed to everything they propose!
The Rat blue states make up numbers to help puff up the flailing Community College law instructor Prez..
Red states are resisting the tyranny of obamacare.
No we are opposed to anything the progressives propose because we know they do not have the best interest of the people at heart
This whole labeling thing needs to be reversed to label the commie/fascist/socialist states as “Red”.
You know that in most if not all other western countries blue is the conservative color and red is for the liberal lefty’s communist, so it is no wonder that many foreigners are somewhat confused, and perhaps many Americans are confused about what is right or wrong
What’s with Romney’s state?
Which one? I think he has homes in may states.
Unfortunately, I think they will, and then, Bill Clinton will get his third term. The media will see to it, that Benghazi becomes a feather in Hillary's cap.
And I like Red as a color. A whole driveway full of red vehicles, redcoats ;-), microwave, etc.
LOL, MA was at the top of that figure list.
And a major reason Washington State is so high is because our website did and does (for the most part) work.
I’m familiar with the history, just not down with the color stasis.
We've already got Romneycare.
Cohn should stick to journalism.
Statistics is obviously not his bag. His analysis is riddled with selection bias. So-called blue states have more liberal voters who want more government intervention so that they can get insurance. They also elect more dims to state office who will line up in lock step behind the president. More of these liberal voters will sign up for Obamacare because there are more of them in these states.
It’s reverse for the so-called red states.
There’s not even a non-conspiracy conspiracy here.
It was pointed out how this could be done three years ago when the text of the bill was analyzed at findlaw. And that is just one of many different ways the fangs have been pulled.
If you live in one of these states, you should be explaining this to people around you. Particularly young healthy people.
Democrats should have read their own bill so they would have known what was in it. Fortunately an army of lawyers stepped up to read it. The main thing to keep crippling it now is for state attorney generals to continue to not allow Obama to try to rewrite the law through executive orders.
For instance, two adjacent liberal states, Oregon and Washington. Oregon is at the bottom of the list and Washington is at the top. The only difference is that Oregon's website is a complete and massive failure. Washington isn't really much of a success, either. 50% of their sign ups are for Medicaid.
Whatever it is I'm against it. No matter who proposed or who commenced it. I'm against it!
If I had any money to invest I’d buy stock in the big insurance companies. The taxpayers are about to write them some big checks.
I see the same old mantra. The left failed again miserably, and this time they are killing people. So like they always do, they try to blame the right.
Not working d@baggers....
Yep. Is it the state, or the people in it? In my case it’s me. In my opinion, the government health care site is the $2 whore of web sites. I wouldn’t visit it without protection and a shot afterward.
We became health insurance free on January first and we are in a red state (KY).
Notice KY is the highest red state? It’s because there are a LOT of people here living off the system. They are mostly medicaid signups.
All that chart tells me is that we are hopelessly outnumbered and the Republic is doomed.
I’m sure immigration reform will fix that, though. ;-)
Hmmm... so, states do have rights
Not in 2014, but they have a pretty good shot in 2016 if the "historic" Hillary campaign turns out all of her previously disinterested female voters...the ones who won't think Jeb Bush is as handsome and charming as Barack was in the Spring of 2008. :)
Most of the Obastardcare applicants are for Medicaid or heavily subsidized premiums. TNR reports most of the grabs for the Gibsmedat are in “Blue States” and this is seen as news?
Sometimes saying “Pass the milk” means pass the milk. No hidden agendas.
Thanks 2ndDivisionVet. Partisan Media Shill ping.
We are still a badly divided country.
Um............NO. Keep a close eye on Chelsea, look for her to give Hillary grandchildren.
I think Hillary is so drunk with power, that she may run even if she has grand children. If it is not her, it will be some other communist and with so many rats voting early and voting often, the communist wins, unfortunately.
Actually, it’s likely the states with larger percentages of enrollment were responsible for terminating existing plans thereby forcing folks onto Obamacare.
Which I strongly doubt she will, again the daugther keep an eye on.
That makes sense.
“This whole labeling thing needs to be reversed to label the commie/fascist/socialist states as “Red”.”
I went to the Reagan Library last month. The maps of his elections had the blue states Republican, the red states deems. That color scheme was more accurate, for the reasons you stated. I don’t remember when it changed, but I’m sure the socialists and media were behind it.