There’s no shortage of jokes about Kentucky.*
Q: What do a divorce in Kentucky, a tornado in Kansas, and a hurricane in Louisiana have in common?
A: Somebody’s fixin’ to lose the trailer.
Q: What do you get when there are 32 Kentuckians in a room together?
A: A full set of teeth.We are a nation lost in tea party mission creep, as the Party of No struggles to figure out its evolving hostage demand
Two Kentucky guys were driving in the pickup, drinking a couple of long-neck Buds, when they came upon a police roadblock. The driver told his friend to peel off the label and stick it on his forehead, then stash the bottle under the seat, and he did the same. When it was their turn at the roadblock, the officer said, “Have you boys been drinking?” The driver replied, “No sir, we’re on the patch.”
So it came as small surprise that many in Kentucky who bombarded the state’s phone line and website to sign up for health coverage on Oct. 1 specified that they did not want Obamacare. Instead, they insisted, they wanted to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
[Kentuckians, please note: Emergency FOXectomies are not covered under Obamacare.]
Kentucky’s response proves Republicans were right on almost every point.
First, the relentless anti-Obamacare campaign they waged since the law’s passage in 2010 worked. Many people do not want that socialistic, Nazi-like, death-panel convening, Big Brotherly government over-reach stuff. No sir, not one bit.
What they would like is to be able to get access to regular health care regardless of pre-existing conditions, and not have a lifetime cap on the amount of care that will be covered, and for women to pay the same amount for the same coverage as men, and for adult children to be able to stay on their parents’ policies through age 26. Whoops, that’s Obamacare!
Republicans were also right that Obamacare’s success would hurt their party.
Kentuckians are signing up in droves–at a rate of more than 1,000 people per day–in a state where more than half a million people have been uninsured.
In fact, support nationwide for Obamacare soared this week while the public abandoned the Republican Party…An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll out Thursday showed that a mere 24% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Republican Party–a historic low.
Both of Kentucky’s U.S. senators, Republican Mitch McConnell and Tea Partier Rand Paul, have repeatedly misrepresented their constituents’ wishes, claiming they consider repealing Obamacare Job One.
“Our state’s U.S. senators are simply ignoring the facts when they continue to insist that ‘no one’ in Kentucky wants the Affordable Care Act,” Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear told MSNBC.
Business is booming at Kentucky’s ACA healthcare exchange, called “Kynect.”
“We’re very excited,” Kynect’s head Carrie Banahan said of Kentucky’s success. “We certainly didn’t expect all of this overwhelming interest the first week.”
…“We had thought that maybe we might receive a couple of hundred applications during the month of October. We had no idea it would be thousands of applications,” Banahan said. “Within the first hour we had a thousand applications and we were down for six hours till we could obtain some additional servers.”
The team added more servers on Day 1 when the surge of traffic crashed the application system for roughly six hours. They increased their processing power by 50%, and the applicants kept coming.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.) allowed 42 votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act — some even after the Supreme Court upheld it — and for the tea party to shutdown the government on Oct. 1 because he knew what most Republicans were saying privately was true: The threat was never that the Affordable Care Act would fail, it was that it would succeed. And then what would Republicans and tea partiers use to distract and manipulate those FOX News viewers and angry white folks while their party continues to rework America’s economic structure to rig the game against its own voters?
Which brings us to where we are now, a nation lost in tea party mission creep, as the Party of No struggles to figure out what its evolving hostage demand is, and how it will recognize victory if it ever achieves it. Meanwhile, in Kentucky and the rest of the country, we wait to see how the people with no exit strategy get us out of the mess they created.
* My apologies to Kentuckians for holding them up to ridicule, but please vote better in the future.