Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear: ‘Chill out’ on Obamacare

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Frustration with this month’s Obamacare rollout continues to grow in Washington and across the country, but one Democratic governor has a message for critics of the program: “Chill out.”

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear argues that the program is working well in his state, as evidenced by about 300,000 people expressing interest in signing up for health insurance through the HealthCare.gov website or through other avenues.


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Kentucky, for example, operates its own health care website, Kynect, which apparently has been working much more smoothly than the federal version.

Mr. Beshear conceded that the launch of the federal website largely has been unsuccessful but cautioned against declaring the entire Affordable Care Act a failure this early in the game.

“Take a deep breath. This is a process. Everybody wants to have a date where they can declare victory or defeat, success or failure. That’s now what this is going to be all about,” Mr. Beshear said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

“When things go wrong, like they go wrong in our state, I take responsibility and I fix it. That’s what [Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius] and the president are doing. They’re taking responsibility for a bad rollout of this website. They’re going to fix it. This is going to take some time to get done, but everybody needs to chill out.”

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