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Source: NYT

Update: Phil in comments adds  this graphic:



This detail about where the uninsured live was rather surprising:

“A sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help, according to an analysis of census data by The New York Times.

Because they live in states largely controlled by Republicans that have declined to participate in a vast expansion of Medicaid, the medical insurance program for the poor, they are among the eight million Americans who are impoverished, uninsured and ineligible for help. The federal government will pay for the expansion through 2016 and no less than 90 percent of costs in later years.

Those excluded will be stranded without insurance, stuck between people with slightly higher incomes who will qualify for federal subsidies on the new health exchanges that went live this week, and those who are poor enough to qualify for Medicaid in its current form, which has income ceilings as low as $11 a day in some states.”

The headline is wrong — it should read Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered by their State Legislatures and Governors.



Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered by Health Law
NYT, October 3, 2013


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14 Responses to “Where the Uninsured Are”

  1. Phil says:

    Interesting to compare that map with this one:

    Also, in the Western US, many of those dark areas have very low populations. I’m thinking of SE Oregon and NW Alaska.


  2. Aintnodummi says:

    Or Headline should be “Millions left without insurance due to crappy law written by health insurance lobby”.

  3. rhn says:

    I wonder if a map of the 18-25 Congressional districts of those representatives most responsible for preventing the “Clean CR” from coming to the floor could be overlaid on this map of the uninsured. We might see an interesting correlation.

  4. DeDude says:

    So in order to make a political point these states block an infusion of huge sums of federal dollars.

    Those people they refuse to get federal dollars to help are not required to get insurance from ObamaCare and they will continue to get health care the way they always did. These poor and uninsured people will continue to wait going to the doctor until they have to go to the emergency room – where the care will cost much more. That cost will be passed onto anybody with health insurance in that state.

    In the mean time the taxes paid by people in those red states will help pay for expanded medicaid coverage for people in the smart states. So they will end up paying their share of the cost for expanded medicaid in other states, and also pay the medical cost of uninsured people whom they refused to get into medicaid via increased cost of their private health insurance.

    Talk about kicking your own butt – twice.

  5. Mike in Nola says:

    Not surprising if you live in a Republican-occupied area.

  6. theexpertisin says:

    And this does not count the 11-20 million illegals who are uninsured – yet are not required by the ACA to have insurance.

    I wonder if the graph would be different if all of our present US residents were counted?

  7. ashpelham2 says:

    RHN, indeed there is a correlation. I would also submit to people that the regions displayed here with the highest % uninsured are also very thinly populated. Large urban centers might be nearby, but they can’t afford to live in those places. This is a rural problem, a southern problem, and an uneducated problem.

  8. Frankly, as a country I don’t know how we tolerate this. We’ll spend hundreds of billions a year on a bloated military and invasive surveillance apparatus, but can’t address this.

    “‘How can somebody in poverty not be eligible for subsidies?’ an unemployed health care worker in Virginia asked through tears. The woman, who identified herself only as Robin L. because she does not want potential employers to know she is down on her luck, thought she had run into a computer problem when she went online Tuesday and learned she would not qualify. . . . At 55, she has high blood pressure . . . Before she lost her job and her house and had to move in with her brother in Virginia . . .”

  9. Livermore Shimervore says:

    Even discounting illegal aliens, Texas still ranks amongst the top for uninsured citizens. Trickle down economics apparently still does not come with healthcare benefits.

    • skepticbill says:

      @livermore – I think “Trickle down economics apparently still does not come with healthcare benefits.” Sums it all up nicely. Thanks for that.

  10. rd says:

    Apparently FEMA is recalling furloughed workers because a tropical storm/hurricane is scheduled to land in some of the areas with a lot of poor people:

  11. Frilton Miedman says:

    A picture is worth a thousand words, this one is worth much more.

    The map is profoundly effective in it’s simplicity, states that are defying Obamacare have the highest concentrations of uninsured.

    With all the factual distortions and attempts to “message” by the GOP to justify the shut-down, Obama could just prop this map on a easel beside him on his next public address and ask the people in those states with high uninsured why their representatives are voting the way they are.

  12. Robert M says:

    This map points out not only the racist policies of the Republican party but the fact they have convinced the poor white working population of this country that government programs do not help them. I could go on but I find this more eloquent than I care to be;

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