A recent Don Surber column asked, "How is Obamacare working out for you?" Good question.
For the 85,000 low-income West Virginians now covered by Medicaid, I'd say it's working out pretty darn well, thank you.
And for the 18,000 young adults who can now stay on their parents' health insurance policies, I'd say the Affordable Care Act is working just fine.
And for the 34,000 West Virginia Medicare recipients who saved $33 million in prescription drug benefits under the Affordable Care Act — almost $900 per senior per year — I'd say Obamacare is actually pretty rewarding.
And for the thousands of West Virginians who can now get preventive measures without paying a deductible or co-payment, I'd say the Affordable Care Act is just peachy.
And for the zero West Virginians who will have a pre-existing condition placed on their health insurance policy, I'd say the ACA is highly beneficial.
And for the 12,000 West Virginians who have enrolled with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield — about 7,000 in January — I'd say that the ACA is working better and better all the time.
It was a good question, Don. I'm glad you asked.
Bryant is executive director of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care.