There’s not much protection – and even less affordability – for Kentuckians in President Obama’s misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare.”
Temporarily, Kentucky may be able to afford it – only because the federal government is waving dollars in front of cash-hungry politicians. But in the long run, Obamacare will cause healthcare premiums to rise by between 65 percent and 106 percent, according to a recent congressional report.
Where is the protection and affordability in that?
While the U.S. Supreme Court last summer ruled that the federal government cannot force individual states to abide by the law’s key state-based provisions – government-run health exchanges and expanding Medicaid coverage – some governors, including Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, seem eager to make their constituencies attached to the 20,000-page government health-care teat known as Obamacare as soon and as firmly as possible.
Even governors who oppose the policy on constitutional grounds (this does not describe Beshear) are surrendering as the federal government waves tens of millions of dollars in front of their broke, debt-ridden states.