Obamacare for The New York Times – by Luke Sharrett


Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear stands for a portrait at his desk in the Kentucky State Capitol building in Frankfort, Ky. on Tuesday, October 14, 2013. Gov. Beshear has been heralding Kentucky’s initial success in enrolling Affordable Care Act customers despite widespread technical problems with the system across the country. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times.

Louisville, KY-based photographer Luke Sharrett took photos for a healthcare project by The New York Times focusing on Kentucky’s healthcare exchange, Kynect.

By most all accounts, the implementation of The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, last Fall was none too pretty. Uninsured individuals seeking access to Government healthcare exchanges were greeted with a completely dysfunctional website, inept tech support, and bureaucrats who were completely caught off guard by the so-called “glitches.” The roll out has been labeled “disastrous” and “embarrassing” by even Democratic pundits and politicians. Yet surprisingly for the state of Kentucky, the ACA rollout went relatively smooth. The following photos are part of a long-term healthcare project by The New York Times focusing on Kentucky’s healthcare exchange, Kynect, and it’s effect on patients and doctors.

See more photos on Luke’s blog.


Billy Scarlett II’s parents Bill Scarlett (left) and Helen Scarlett (right) stand by his side at their home in Cookeville, Tenn. on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. Scarlett suffered a severe brain injury in an ATV accident in 2005 and now requires 24 hour nursing care which is provided in part through Tennessee’s Medicaid program, TennCare. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times.


Kelli Cauley, a navigator (or Kynector) with Kentucky’s state healthcare exchange, helps Paul Coomer apply for the Affordable Care Act during an open enrollment event at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, Ky. on Monday, October 21, 2013. An open enrollment even was held at the library for residents of Oldham County, a suburb of Louisville located to its Northeast along the Ohio River. Kentucky has had relative success in implementing the Affordable Care Act compared to other states still suffering from widespread technical problems that have plagued the new healthcare.gov exchange website. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times.


Dr. Sven Jonsson examines the eyes of patient Bob Stanley, 60, of Louisville, Ky. during a routine physical in an examination room at the Baptist Health Associates doctors office in Taylorsville, Ky. on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Dr. Jonsson chose to sell his private practice and move to the Baptist Health network due to increasing government oversight and regulations. Luke Sharrett for The New York Times.

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