Is it the law or its inconsistent application that’s killing the ACA?
The failure or success of Obamacare in two red states has been linked to whether their officials fought or embraced the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to the New York Times. New Mexico, which leaped at the chance to support the program, saw its uninsured rate drop from 18.6 percent in 2013 to 10.9 percent in 2015. While in Oklahoma, where officials have steadfastly resisted the ACA, the 2015 uninsured rate was 13.9 percent (the third highest in the country) — down from 17.7 percent.
Unlike New Mexico, Oklahoma allowed 45,000 people to keep old policies rather than requiring that they shift to ACA coverage. The article speculates that this led to healthy people not making the switch, thereby stressing the system.