The Obama Administration has met their goal and over 7 million people used the healthcare exchange to sign up for medical coverage. I think it is great to see more Americans covered by health insurance, but what about those people who still uninsured? The reason some people are left uninsured is because some states have chosen to opt out of expanding Medicaid. There are many people who are unemployed or have very low incomes, but still do not qualify for Medicaid in their states. These people are left with no health insurance and basically in the same situation they were in before Obamacare came to be.
It seems that the very people Obamacare was supposed to be helping to get medical coverage, are the very people that are still without coverage. I don't hear anyone talking about what is going to be done for the people that are uninsured in those states that opted out the expansion of Medicaid. These states have refused government assistance to expand Medicaid, and offer no alternative solutions to get these people that fall into this gap the medical coverage they need. I think when the U.S. Supreme Court gave these States the option to opt of out of expanding Medicaid, they should have been made to establish a clear plan as to how they would be getting those people who fall into the gap insured. There seems to be no accountability for these States that chose to not expand Medicaid.
Everyone in this country should be afforded medical coverage and it is an absolute travesty that we still have millions of Americans that are still uninsured because some of the Governors of these States are deciding to play politics with peoples lives. There was a 32 year old woman in Florida with a heart condition who recently died because she was one of those people who fell into that gap. How many more people will suffer with medical conditions and possibly die because of their decision to not expand Medicaid in their States? The Obama Administration should be very proud of the success of the Affordable Care Act, but I hope they continue to push for everyone to be insured and not forget about those people who need medical coverage and are not able to afford it.