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Kentucky is going full-bore on Medicaid expansion under Democratic Gov Steve Beshear and has one of the most successful health insurance exchanges in the nation. Meanwhile, in neighboring Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence is deep into the Tea-Bag and favors tax cuts for the wealthy over health care for the State's working poor.

This article details the wide difference in the fortunes of working people in the two states.

http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2013/12/01/medic...

Lorinda Fox of New Albany, Ind., hasn’t been to a doctor since her last child was born 21 years ago. Poor and uninsured, she treats her illnesses with over-the-counter remedies.

At age 58, she knows she’s taking chances with her health, especially since she recently began having heart palpitations and chest pain.

“I’ll do the same thing I always do — gut it out,” said Fox, who lives with her hearing-impaired daughter and earns about $12,000 a year working in retail. “I don’t know what else I can do.”

If Fox lived in Kentucky, she would qualify for expanded Medicaid next year under the Affordable Care Act. But she lives in a state where she makes too much to qualify for traditional Medicaid, and politicians have chosen not to expand Medicaid as Obamacare intended, contending that Indiana taxpayers can’t afford it.


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