Kicking them when they’re down

The New York Times looked at the uninsured, those still lacking health care coverage. What’s clear: Obamacare has worked. But the results are uneven. The linked article includes several useful and informative charts. Here’s one:

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Source: NYT

Those states ruled by Republicans are more likely to have higher uninsured populations. They are also economically poorer.

Which party controls a state makes a big difference. Most of the Republican states declined to expand Medicaid, which, of course, adversely impacts the poor. The Times:

Two years into Obamacare, clear regional patterns are emerging about who has health insurance in America and who still doesn’t.

The remaining uninsured are primarily in the South and the Southwest. They tend to be poor. They tend to live in Republican-leaning states. The rates of people without insurance in the Northeast and the upper Midwest have fallen into the single digits since the Affordable Care Act’s main provisions kicked in. But in many parts of the country, obtaining health insurance is still a problem for many Americans.