The griping GOP members who railed against Obamacare and have fought its implementation within their individual states are seeing the repercussions of their foolhardy and unscientific decisions. The drastic numbers indicate that GOP states are falling far behind the states that have implemented the state level set expansion up for the Affordable Care Act.
Cities across the nation are reeling from the blowback of not accepting the Medicaid Expansion offered under Obamacare. The Medicaid expansion was designed to help individuals at the state level become eligible for coverage whose income reached 133% of the poverty line. This would have eliminated the need for them to buy into an expensive healthcare plan that they likely would not have been able to afford, dropped the uninsured rates, and help them escape out from under the heavy blanket of poverty laying waste to nearly 15% of this nation. Who wants to guess which party runs those governments and state legislatures of the cities in drastic decline?…
There are still 23 states holding out on using the Medicaid expansion so generously provided them by the Affordable Care Act. One would likely assume they are going to wait until Obama exits office, then enact the Medicaid expansion — taking full credit for “fixing the state” themselves. Here is a graph showing the cities with the highest levels of uninsured
GOP-held Florida holds the title of holding the worst metropolitan area in the country when it comes to offering insurance coverage for their constituents! A staggering 25% of the citizens of Miami can neither afford health insurance through the exchange nor do they qualify for Medicaid. I guess we can attempt to throw the blame on Obama’s feet, but with the amount of rocks the GOP have been throwing at the White House while themselves living in glass houses….I’m sure that wouldn’t be a wise choice.
Nearly 70% of those metropolitan areas with the highest rates of uninsured are from GOP controlled states and legislatures. Talk about a group that cares about the welfare of their people! States without the health insurance expansion have had their uninsured rates of those below poverty level stay steady at 36%. Conversely the states who implemented the expansion have seen the uninsured rates for those surviving below the poverty level drop 11%.
These dastardly deeds being perpetrated in the name of “small government” leave 4.8million people uninsured worrying about their financial stability and with nagging health concerns that they have had to push aside for years already. I guess the American poor waiting for health insurance, something which should be afforded as a human right (and rightly is in most other first world nations), are akin the Chicagoans rooting for the Cubs to win the World Series. Wait till next year! My great-grandmother was born the last year the Cubs took home a championship. There was no healthcare system in place then. It looks like not much has changed for the bottom 15% of our nation.
h/t Huffington Post