Richard is right – 6 million more Americans on insurance is great news. Here’s what isn’t:
Ed Kilgore has been calling this the “wingnut hole,” and many have been speculating about its size. How many Americans will go without health insurance simply because the GOP dislikes the president? Well, happy 2014, dear readers: initial estimates are in, and we have 5 million lucky winners!
These are mainly hard working poor people who would be getting Medicaid at no cost to the state (through 2016) but who won’t simply because the Republicans in their state threw a tantrum.
A few states (like Iowa) will probably find some way to take the free money the feds are handing out, as long as the program is called something like the “Non Obamacare Medical Workhouse Plan for Undeserving Moochers Who Should be Shamed”. The rest of them are just going to let people suffer.