October 22nd, 2013
08:37 AM ET
9 years ago

Kentucky governor praises health care launch

(CNN) - Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky said Obamacare sign-ups are working just fine in his state, where 640,000 people don't have insurance.

"We're signing up people at roughly a thousand a day. It's a great rate and a great success so far," he said on CNN's "New Day."

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Kentucky residents apply for health care through their own state exchange at known as Kynect, which Beshear described as "a gold standard because it's working."

Since it launched on October 1, the federal website, HealthCare.gov, has undergone serious malfunctions as it tries to accommodate the thousands of people trying to access the website.

Critics of the law have pounced on the debacle, saying the technical issues are just an indicator of what they see as a disastrous law.

Asked about Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, Kentucky's two senators and staunch opponents of Obamacare, the governor said critics of the law "are not paying attention to the facts" and they "weave a web of misinformation."

His piece of advice?

"Take a deep breath. You know, this system is going to work. The only thing that really isn't working right now on the federal level is the website," he told CNN's Chris Cuomo. "I'll guarantee you that whether it's a week from now, a month from now, two months from now, they'll get it up and they'll get it working. People will be signing up."

Beshear also sounded amenable to the idea of possibly moving the March 31 deadline to sign up for health care insurance because of the federal website's rocky rollout.

"Deadlines tend to move, you know, when things don't work well, we'll move deadlines," he said. "I don't know exactly what decisions will be made because we're not there yet...I feel confident that we will have time to get people in this system."

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    I had a husband that did the same for me every morning for 30 years Lynda...then he started brewing other things...he had to go!

    Thank goodness I had the good sense NOT to read your comment with my cup of coffee in my hand. All things considered, my keyboard has had a rough few years ...

    BTW: I had a younger brother who learned how to brew other things too. I haven't seen him in years.

    October 22, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Data Driven


    Kentucky's a little unpredictable. While being one of the reddest states in the union, they're also traditionally Democratic, going back centuries (quite literally) to Thomas Jefferson.

    Don't worry though, Kentucky Dems are hardly "liberal".

    October 22, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  3. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Scott of Florida , Rubio and radel and the rest of the gop teaparty legislature will be gone in 2014 midterms . Florida wants health insurgence for its citizens , not obstruction and sabatuage of the healthcare law, Scott and the GOP garbage of America !!!!

    October 22, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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