The Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare had its major rollout on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Overshadowed by the government shutdown, partisan politics, and the technical issues with the federal website healthcare.gov is the dark cloud that looms over the millions that the Obamacare was designed for – those that cannot afford healthcare.
According to a detailed analysis by the Oct. 3, New York Times, millions of poverty stricken Americans will still be unable to obtain healthcare insurance because 26 states chose not to expand Medicaid, after the mandated Medicaid expansion provision of Obamacare was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Obamcare, the “sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans,” is riddled with gray areas, but looking at census data, the Times uncovered an area of the law that appears black and white – The ACA “will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help.”
How could this happen? If you make more than the maximum to qualify for Medicaid yet not enough to meet the minimum requirements for federal subsidies for healthcare insurance you fall into a crack - or rather large divide in which millions find themselves.
The Times reports that there are “eight million Americans who are impoverished, uninsured and ineligible for help.”
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