Political posturing can come at a cost. For those states throughout the nation who’s (generally Republican) governors and legislatures have staked out positions against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) out of sheer conservative orthodoxy, most of those who pay these costs are generally the poor and at risk portions of their populations. Though contentious throughout the political spectrum, the ACA is the undeniable law of the land after a considerable legislative fight and even a Supreme Court ruling came down on the matter.
Yet throughout the country, many states’ refusals to implement Medicaid expansions or develop their own health insurance exchanges are serving as yet another round of troublesome obstruction from the “party of no.” After considerable analysis of the data available on health care enrollment and state participation in ACA compliance, Harvard University Professor of government and sociology Theda Skocpol has released her findings and the results of her study are troubling.
Above is featured a graphic breakdown of how Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and private health group Kaiser predict ACA compliant plan enrollment rates to accrue throughout states, ranked between those who are fully compliant, such as New York and California and those whose governments are actively working against the ACA, such as Florida or Texas. While many Republican politicians may like to point out the troubled roll out of the health care reform effort, many of those very same troubles it would seem can be traced back to partisan obstructionism as opposed to the vague and inherent flaws such politicians are keen to rhetorically campaign on.