Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Blue Grass Bevin HIX Blues

Some Obamatax supporters have their knickers in a twist over KY Governor-elect Matt Bevin's plans to shutter his state's ill-conceived and potentially illegally founded health insurance exchange, called (oh so cleverly) Kynect:

"Bevin's plan to end Kynect has brought a strong rebuke from Obamacare advocates and outgoing Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear"

In fairness, Ben Miller (author of the piece linked above) points out that it's really not clear that one form of Exchange is superior to the other. That is, the jury's still out on whether it's in a given citizen's (or state's) interest whether that state has its own portal or just piggybacks onto the 404Care.gov site.

Talk about damning with faint praise.

Meantime, as FoIB David Adams, proprietor of the Kentucky Progress blog, points out, the whole Kynect effort was actually never anything more than a massive overreach by (shortly former) Governor Bashear:

"Governor Steve Beshear "created" the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, Kynect, with an executive order in 2012 and then after the legislature declined to ratify his order as required by law, he tried again in 2013, 2014 and 2015."

So, our first 'rump Exchange.' And one that cost over a quarter of a billion dollars to implement, to boot.

Sounds like it's about time to to dis-Kynect the Blue Grass Exchange.
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