8M Poor People Still Not Covered by ObamaCare
They live in states that opted out of the Medicaid expansion
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2013 9:45 AM CDT
In this screen grab image, online visitors are asked to be patient while loggin in to the Health Care Marketplace website.   (AP Photo/The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)

(Newser) – The new health-care exchanges set up under ObamaCare are now a reality, but a New York Times analysis finds a problem with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act that goes beyond software glitches. About 8 million working poor people who need health insurance still can't get it, with black people and single mothers accounting for most of them. The problem is that they live in one of the 26 states that chose not to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.

The upshot is that these 8 million are "stuck between people with slightly higher incomes who will qualify for federal subsidies on the new health exchanges that went live this week, and those who are poor enough to qualify for Medicaid in its current form, which has income ceilings as low as $11 a day in some states," write Sabrina Tavernise and Robert Gebeloff. Click for the full story, in which civil rights advocates say the real issue at play is race.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Oct 12, 2013 11:07 AM CDT
Its all mythical just like the debt ceiling has always been. ES LA LEY protects all occupants of lands of the USA. ES LA LEY says all public funded hospitals MUST provide free medical care regardless of ability to pay, national origin, and all that stuff. So this is really a non-issue. Mexicans continue to flood the border to San Diego, Phoenix, Houston, etc to get free medical care at public funded hospitals. Free birthing, free major medical care, transplants, etc. Mexicans get a bonus for birthing free babies in these hospitals. They get an anchor baby. Can't send them back to Mexico when they get caught because now they have a baby with a valid US birth certificate. That allows them free passage to the land of milk and honey. So, its totally within the goals of all Mexicans to rush to the USA to birth an anchor baby.
rounder355
Oct 5, 2013 9:46 AM CDT
These 26 states are RESPONSIBLE state governments who realize that the full cost of adding these people will fall on them in two years. That puts the burden entirely on the back onto their state taxpayers. I'm sorry for these in-betweeners but you can't help everybody.
txmx05@juno.com
Oct 4, 2013 6:10 AM CDT
Who needs health care! Between guns, unsafe cars, the military, etc. we'll all be dead or extinct in 30 years!