Our neighbors in Kentucky are rightfully proud of their state-run health insurance exchange, cleverly named Kynect. Due to the Affordable Care Act, Kynect has insured over 400,000 Kentucky residents who were previously uninsured.
Ironically, some unknowing Kentuckians favor Kynect but are opposed to the Affordable Care Act, which is responsible for its success. Thus, Mitch McConnell’s difficulty in explaining how he will keep Kynect intact while trying to repeal Obamacare.
We in North Carolina have no such dilemma since our state legislature and governor have refused to establish a state-run health insurance exchange and to accept federal funds for Medicaid expansion. Consequently, we have hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians without health care insurance who could have had it under the Affordable Care Act and, as a result, many will needlessly die or become disabled.
We can think of these North Carolina residents as coming under our state’s NOCAre system. Unfortunately, NOCAre is not something to be proud of. We can do better.