August 11, 2015 at 12:20 pm #12972VitalogyParticipant
When the Affordable Care Act took effect in October 2013, there were 14 states in which more than 1 in 5 adults lacked health insurance; today only Texas remains, according to data released Monday.
At the other end of the scale, only five states’ populations were so well-insured in 2013 that fewer than 1 in 10 adult residents lacked insurance. Today, more than half the states have achieved that goal.
The state-by-state insurance levels, which detail how rapidly the insurance picture has changed since President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform started, come from a large-scale, twice-a-year survey by Gallup. The survey included more than 178,000 adults in 2013, before the law took effect, and 88,667 in the first half of 2015, allowing unusually precise estimates of the effect the law has had at the state level.
Texas, whose officials have strongly resisted cooperation with the new law, had the highest level of residents lacking insurance before the law took effect and has made among the least progress of any state. Its uninsured rate fell from 27 percent in 2013 to just under 21 percent in the first half of this year, making it the only state that has more than one-fifth of its residents uninsured.
By contrast, in Arkansas and Kentucky, both of which started above 20 percent uninsured, just 9 percent of adult residents lack insurance.
California has gone from just under 22 percent without insurance to just under 12 percent, experiencing the largest number of newly insured people in the country.
In addition to Texas, most of the states with the highest levels of adults lacking insurance are located in the South and interior West in states including Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Nevada.
By contrast, most of the New England states have 5 percent or fewer of their residents uninsured, a mark also achieved by Iowa, Minnesota and Hawaii.
Texas is doing it’s best to make sure Obamacare doesn’t work, their residents should be thrilled!August 11, 2015 at 2:29 pm #12975AmusParticipant
Seems like a recipe for natural selection.
When the Texans are all gone let’s open the state as an amusement park complete with an asshole museum.
You know, this got me to thinking.
I think I understand why the Young Earth theory is so popular in the South.
That’s where dinosaurs live side-by-side with people.
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