Obamacare’s Positive Impact on Poor

A New York Times report on the impact of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion reveals a surge in enrollment, demonstrating that it is “already having a profound effect on the lives of poor Americans.”

“Enrollment in private insurance plans has been sluggish, but sign-ups for Medicaid, the federal insurance program for the poor, have surged in many states.”

“In West Virginia, where the Democratic governor agreed to expand Medicaid eligibility, the number of uninsured people in the state has been reduced by about a third.”

“America ranks near the bottom of developed countries in health and longevity, and many public health experts believe that improving that ranking will be impossible without paying more attention to poor Americans.”

“Still, even among those who most need insurance, there has been resistance to signing up. President Obama … remains deeply unpopular.”

“Eventually, though, people’s desperate need for insurance seems to be overcoming their distaste for the president.”

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