Kentucky governor praises health care launch

Kentucky governor praises health care launch
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 6:52pm

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky said Obamacare sign-ups are working just fine in his state, where 640,000 people don't have insurance.

"We're signing up people at roughly a thousand a day. It's a great rate and a great success so far," he said on CNN's "New Day."

Kentucky residents apply for health care through their own state exchange at known as Kynect, which Beshear described as "a gold standard because it's working."

Since it launched on October 1, the federal website,, has undergone serious malfunctions as it tries to accommodate the thousands of people trying to access the website.

Critics of the law have pounced on the debacle, saying the technical issues are just an indicator of what they see as a disastrous law.

Asked about Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, Kentucky's two senators and staunch opponents of Obamacare, the governor said critics of the law "are not paying attention to the facts" and they "weave a web of misinformation."

His piece of advice?

"Take a deep breath. 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," he told CNN's Chris Cuomo. "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 working. People will be signing up."

Beshear also sounded amenable to the idea of possibly moving the March 31 deadline to sign up for health care insurance because of the federal website's rocky rollout.

"Deadlines tend to move, you know, when things don't work well, we'll move deadlines," he said. "I don't know exactly what decisions will be made because we're not there yet...I feel confident that we will have time to get people in this system."


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