Craig said Todd County, "it seems, is among the bottom of counties who signed up for the Affordable Care Act," and wondered why only 533 of the estimated 2,455 people in his county without health insurance have signed up for it: "Is it because of fear of the unknown? Politics?" President Obama got only 29.7 percent of the county's vote in the 2012 election.
"The prevailing answer people tell me is that they would rather pay the tax penalty and not have the insurance," Craig reported. "What would happen if that person or someone in their family was in a car wreck? They readily admit that they are taking a big chance, but don't see how they can afford the insurance even when it is cheaper now, especially those who are very sick and couldn't get insurance before." One man told Craig he would have to declare bankruptcy.
"The deadline to apply for health insurance through the exchange is March 31," Craig wrote. "If you don't have insurance, at least consider the process." The Standard has been judged Kentucky's best small weekly newspaper seven years in a row, but doesn't put news or editorials online. For a scan of the editorial as a PDF, click here.