It seems everyday Americans aren’t the only ones suffering through a disastrous rollout of Obamacare; politicians are, too.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that he’s had trouble signing up his own family through the Kentucky state health exchange.
“I tried to get my son signed up through the Kentucky exchange, you know, the one Democrats have said is so good, and I have here my son’s Medicaid card. We didn’t try to get him Medicaid,” Paul said.
Kentucky is the only state that voted for Gov. Mitt Romney in the 2012 election that created its own health exchange, and Democrats have repeatedly touted its effectiveness.
“I’m trying to pay for his insurance, but they automatically enrolled him in Medicaid. For a month they wouldn’t talk to us because they weren’t sure he existed. He had to go down to the welfare office, prove his existence, then the next thing we know we get a Medicaid card,” Paul said.
The Affordable Care Act site is still having issues. A senior Obama administration official tells CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta that some Medicaid enrollees are having issues showing up in the system, in part because of problems with healthcare.gov.
But Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said despite all the negative Obamacare talk over the past few months, New York is one state that has fared well, and he suspects public opinion will start turning a corner.
“We’re ahead of projections. And I hear from people left and right, ‘I’m getting much better health care now than I had before.’ That’s going to start happening around the country,” Schumer said.
And it’s not just New York, but the country as a whole that’s benefiting from Obamacare, argued Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“This week is the first time in our country where 129 million people do not have to fear their premiums will be spiked because they have a pre-existing condition like asthma or high blood pressure,” Sperling said.
Still, Paul has been an outspoken opponent of Obamacare.
“This is really an unfolding disaster. I don’t think it gets better anytime soon,” Paul said.

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