Where the uninsured live (Graphs)

Technically everywhere, I suppose. But this graph via The Economist (by way of Barry Ritholtz) uses updated Census Bureau data to map out the percentage by state:

Of course this is a snapshot of the uninsured taken after the full brunt of the economic downturn. The areas of this country with the highest number of uninsured are the south (no surprise there) and the mountain west. Noteworthy is the fact that the 9 of the 10 counties with the smallest number of uninsured are all in Massachusetts (cough, Romneycare, cough).

The implications of this graph are, as the Economist noted, what the effects of the Affordable Care Act would have on this picture – specifically the Medicaid expansion. On that I would simply point out that two states — Texas and Florida — with the highest rates of uninsured have governors who've pledged to deny the expanded program to their respective citizens. Much of the insurance gains in the health care law are included in that expansion:

 

Their respective denials are firm despite the fact that the federal government will foot most of the bill:

Perhaps this is a good time to remind folks that making $11,000 a year for a family of three disqualifies you from the existing Medicaid program in Florida. In Texas it's $5,000 a year. I suppose then that the policy towards this particular group of Americans is nothing if not consistent.

 

 

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