Kentucky did it right. The state's online health insurance marketplace has become Obamacare's city on a hill while the federal HealthCare.gov has been flummoxed by a month of glitches and bad press. Whatever the federal website seems to have failed to do to ensure its success on the Oct. 1 launch, Kentucky did.
Kentucky, with its deeply conservative congressional delegation, might seem like an unlikely place for Obamacare to find success. But
Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear saw the law -- and a state-built marketplace -- as an opportunity to help put the state on a path to greater health.
His state routinely ranks toward the bottom in overall health, and better health coverage is one step toward reversing that norm, he said.