BOBBY HARRISON: What happens to 61,500 in state if ACA is repealed?



Almost 61,500 Mississippians have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, according to the numbers released last week by federal officials.

If all those people who signed up for health insurance on the exchange offered through the Affordable Care Act , or Obamacare as it is known, lived in one Mississippi city, it would be the state’s third largest municipality. If they all lived in one county, it would be the 13th largest in Mississippi. In Mississippi, 60,000 people are a lot of people. Nationwide more than 8 million have signed up, according to federal officials.

It is no small feat that 60,000 people went through the trouble to log onto the health care web site and go through the multi-step process to garner insurance when the state’s political leadership, led by the governor on down, was urging people not to participate in that debacle known as Obamacare.

Participation, could lead to death panels, street urchins and a loss of freedom. Some politicians have equated the Affordable Care Act to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust.

U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker, Thad Cochran and U.S. Reps. Alan Nunnelee, Gregg Harper and Steven Palazzo all want to repeal it.

Are they saying getting insurance through the exchange is a bad thing?

People garnering insurance through the Affordable Care Act include those who previously could not get insurance because of a pre-existing condition. It includes working people who could not previously afford insurance, but can now because of the federal subsidies offered as part of the Affordable Care Act.

There are people who have court cases pending trying to block the operation of the exchange in places like Mississippi. The law allows states to establish their own exchanges. But in states that do not have their own exchange, people wanting to purchase health insurance can go to the federally operated exchange.

People in Mississippi have to go through the federal exchange because the governor, along with others, said he did not want his state to have anything to do with promoting or encouraging the Affordable Care Act.

There are lawsuits that claim the law and the intent of Congress was for federal subsidies to be provided to help purchase health insurance only on state-run exchanges.

In other words, in states like Mississippi, if the lawsuit is successful, a person could not receive a subsidy to purchase health insurance because there is no state-run exchange. On the other hand, people in say, California, New York or Kentucky could receive a subsidy to help purchase health insurance because their states run their own exchanges.

A disallowance of subsidies in Mississippi would be particularly difficult because studies reveal that health insurance in general costs more in this state.

According to the most recent Gallup survey, the rate of uninsured adults has dropped to 13.4 percent – the lowest since Gallup starting doing the survey in 2008. Many reasonable people would concede that the ACA played a role in the decrease in the percentage of the uninsured in America.

Separate studies indicate that the uninsured rate has dropped more in states that have established their own exchanges for people to purchase private insurance and opted into a Medicaid expansion allowed under the ACA to provide health care coverage to the working poor.

The question is, if the lawsuit prevails, would it lead to more uninsured in states like Mississippi because many working people could not afford to purchase health insurance without a federal subsidy?

Or if Wicker, Cochran, Nunnelee and other members of Mississippi’s congressional delegation are successful in repeal efforts, would it mean that those 60,000 Mississippians would lose their health insurance?

Bobby Harrison is Capitol Bureau reporter for the Daily Journal. Contact him at (662) 946-9931 or

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  • charlie

    Since when do the repubs care about the “non-rich” in Mississippi or any other state. It appears that they don’t want to spend a dime that they may get their hands on. In any case, this just happens to be about health insurance. If Obama was supporting “Mom, baseball, and apple pie” the repubs would be against it. If you don’t believe that, remember Chevrolet.

  • tom Neiman

    Here is my formula for redistribution of wealth as revealed to me in a dream the other night based on one’s income level.

    Lower 1% taxed at 1% Upper 1% taxed at 99%

    Lower 2% taxed at 2% Upper 5% taxed at 95%

    Lower 10% taxed at 10% Upper 10% taxed at 90%

    Lower 15% taxed at 15% Upper 15% taxed at 85%

    Lower 25% taxed at 25% Upper 25% taxed at 75%

    It would be done in 1% increments. No deductions, no sales tax, no estate or inheritance tax, no tariffs, no taxes on corporations as the people constitute a corporation. The tax rate would be based on one’s earnings in a given year.

    “Imagine there’s no political parties, I wonder if you can?

    no class warfare,no tax deductions just a welfare of man.

    Imagine all the people being taxed as such! oh oh my!

    You may say I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one.

    I hope that you join up and this nation will be as one.”

  • NavyBlue1962

    I seriously doubt that 61,500 people have signed up for Obamacare in Mississippi. I doubt that many has signed up in the whole country.

    • 1941641

      Global Climate Change deniers and Obama Care deniers. No wonder people say Mississippians are redneck and IGNORANT! Because they ARE!

      • NavyBlue1962

        I’ve never been in Mississippi but it’s no wonder people say brain-dead liberals are lemmings headed for the cliff as fast as their little legs will carry them and you’re a prime example.

        • 1941641

          If you’ve “never been in Mississippi” as you say, then, you may not know that Liberal Mississippi Lemmings don’t have just “little legs” to carry them, they all have wings too, and simply glide down cliffs with the greatest of ease.

    • barney fife

      ^^^ Another member of the flat-earth society heard from.

    • unknown

      You are right Navy, 61,500 people haven’t signed up nationwide. That number would be over 8 million.


    The ACA isn’t the end all be all of health insurance solutions: it’s just a step and a step that will need to be corrected along the way as most things do. One very important component is normalizing medical records and making them transparent within the medical community ; doctors actually need to know what a patient is being perscribed elsewhere to avoid health related problems for the patient.