Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday that Obamacare is working “very well” in his state and said that critics of the programs critics need to chill out because the program is going to work once the early kinks are worked out.
“Let me just give a piece of unsolicited advice to the critics and the news media: Take a deep breath,” Mr. Beshear, a Democrat, said on CNN’s “New Day.” “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. 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 work. People will be signing up.”
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Mr. Beshear said the Kentucky state health exchanges — known as Kynect — are working and serve as a “the gold standard” for the nation.
“We are signing up people at roughly 1,000 a day. It’s a great rate and a great success so far,” he said.
The comments clash with the avalanche of bad news that has surrounded the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act — particularly in regard to the problems of the website, HealthCare.gov.
President Obama addressed the mounting concerns on Monday, saying that there is “no sugarcoating” the problems with the website, which has been slow and sometimes has failed to work at all.
“Nobody is more frustrated by that than I am,” Mr. Obama said.