Overshadowed by the government shutdown, partisan politics, and the technical issues with the federal website healthcare.gov, is the failure of Obamacare to do what it was designed to do – provide healthcare 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 still left without coverage due to 26 states choosing 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 is truly 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 you fall into a crack - or rather large divide tin which millions find themselves.
The Times reports that there are “eight million Americans who are impoverished, uninsured and ineligible for help.”