PD Editorial: Red state or blue, shopping for insurance

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Congress is still tied in knots, unable to fund the federal government because some Republicans want to eliminate funding for health care reform.

Ten days have passed since the roll out of health exchanges, the marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act for people to shop for and enroll in insurance programs.

So how is it going?

Much attention has been focused on problems with the federal website. But the news from the states is better.

In California, 978,000 people logged on to the exchange, coveredca.com, in the first week. The three call centers logged 59,000. More than 16,300 people completed applications, according to state figures, with about 27,300 partially completed applications. Insurance coverage takes effect Jan. 1.

Peter Lee, the executive director of Covered California, called the first week's numbers "nothing short of phenomenal."

"The response of consumers has underscored the demand," he said at a news conference in Sacramento on Tuesday.

OK, but those rosy results are from California, a deep-blue state where health care reform polls well and Obamacare isn't an epithet. What about red-state America?

Many, but not all, of the red states didn't create exchanges, leaving their residents to enroll through the federal website.

One exception is Kentucky, a state where Mitt Romney carried 60.5 percent of the vote and both senators and five of six House members are Republicans.

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