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September 3, 2014

5 Million Without Health Care Because They Live in Red States

“About 5 million people will be without health care next year that they would have gotten simply if they lived somewhere else in America,” the AP reports.

“They make up a coverage gap in President  Obama’s signature health care law created by the domino effects of last year’s Supreme Court ruling and states’ subsequent policy decisions. The court effectively left it up to states to decide whether to open Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor and disabled, to more people, primarily poor working adults without children.”

“Twenty-five states declined. That leaves 4.8 million people in those states without the health care coverage that their peers elsewhere are getting through the expansion of Medicaid.”

“Politics is apparent in states’ expansion decisions. Of those that joined it, all but five supported Obama in last year’s election. Of those that declined, most are more conservative states in the South, Midwest and northern Rocky Mountains that voted against Obama.”

  • drzaius

    How many of those 4.8 million will get sick, become bankrupt from medical bills or even die because of this short-sighted political decision?

    • Jesse4

      A lot of them, no doubt.
      But if you’re going to make a political statement, you have to break a few eggs.

  • Siegfried Heydrich

    This is what the GOP is afraid of . . . that if the ACA is successful in states that embraced it, they’re going to have a hard time explaining to their uninsured and ailing constituents how it is that cousin Abner across the river there gets insurance cheap and they can’t get any. Given a lot of these area’s dependence on WIC, SNAP, UI, welfare, SSI, and Medicaid, it’s kind of amusing to look at their resistance to Obamacare.

    • pbrower2a

      Things could go very bad for Republican pols, even in “Red” states.

  • bpai99

    The majority of these 5 million people would likely vote Democratic if they bothered to do so, which is why the GOP is perfectly content to screw them. Why help a human being who doesn’t vote for you?

    • Ashley Clark

      There are plenry of Democrats in Red States, like myself & my husband. We voted for Obama. We are now rewarded by being reduced to peasant status, we will never have the coverage we needed to have a child, we just got married. We work, we pay taxes, we are NOT poor. But now we are reduced to healthcare that doesn’t cover anything at all but a visit to the General Practitioner. Im disgusted. If we lived in California, where we just moved from, we would have coverage that we deserve, like the coverage WE ALREADY had. Just because a state is a red state-does NOT mean that the entire state voted Rebublican. With the district changes, Utah made sure that no Democrat would be heard, no Democratic vote matters. But we voted anyway. Look where it got is. Our lives will never be the same again.

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