By Christina Sturgis
A new report states that the Affordable Care Act will benefit Kentucky more than any other state in the nation, according to the website Daily Finance.
The report states the five states that will benefit most are Kentucky, Oregon, West Virginia, South Carolina and Mississippi. Using statistics from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation, the website states 16.1 percent of the Blue Grass State under age 65 are now uninsured and the expansion of Medicaid will reduce the number of poor people without insurance by 57.1 percent.
Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat, is a champion of health insurance for the poor. In his State of the Commonwealth Address, he said, “The negative impact of so many uninsured has been a heavy anchor on our collective capacity. It's decreased worker productivity. It’s kept our workforce from being as appealing as it should be to prospective businesses. It’s jacked up health-care costs. And it's lowered our quality of life.”
Considerable opposition to the ACA continues. U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the senior senator from Kentucky and senate minority leader, vows to overturn the law if the Republicans can once again establish a majority.
The other four states that will benefit the most (in descending order) are Oregon, West Virginia, South Carolina and Mississippi.
The five states that are expected to gain the least from the ACA are (in descending order) Delaware, New York, Arizona, Vermont and Massachusetts. The city of Rochester, N.Y., for example, is said to have the lowest premiums in the Empire State, according to an article in the Rochester Business Journal.
Massachusetts, however, has had mandated health insurance since 2006, when then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed it into law. Romney campaigned against universal health insurance in his unsuccessful 2012 campaign and continues to speak out against the Affordable Care Act.