Obama Health Care Law Still Leaves Uninsured in the Dark in Many States


Even though the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate portion of Obama health care recently, millions of uninsured individuals around the nation are still not sure what it means for them.  It seems as though Obama
Why are so many still left in the dark regarding Obama health care, even though it has been upheld?  Governors of several states have not yet determined how to proceed in their own states regarding new insurance exchanges and the expansion of Medicaid, parts of the health care law that falls under their control.  Governors of Colorado, Oklahoma and Wyoming tell citizens they’re crunching numbers in an effort to determine the best course of action for residents.  Millions of people keep thinking they will finally have a firm answer on Obama health care, only to find there are more obstacles in the way.health care is still something many are muddling through, and that will continue to be unclear for months or perhaps even years to come.

While the Supreme Court did uphold the individual mandate requiring people to either buy insurance or pay a fine (or be taxed, however you want to view it), Obama’s plan was uninsuredmapundercut by the justices making it possible for states to opt out of Medicaid expansion, which is government run.  In states that decide against the Medicaid expansion, those who do not have health care insurance will not be fined, according to a statement made by the Obama administration recently.  In short, this essentially means that.

Essentially, Republican governors are forgoing the expansion of Medicaid, claiming that because the program is already under-funded the cost is weighing heavy on their budgets.  However, in the first three years the law covers the entire cost, then drops to 90% with states responsible for covering only 10% of the cost.  Proponents argue that the Medicaid expansion component is a great deal, but many governors disagree.  As usual, Obama health care seems to be a topic of constant debate, leaving those who do not have health insurance uncertain of what the future holds.

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