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ThinkProgress: The 10 states with the highest percentage of uninsured adult residents all have one thing in common: They're led by Republican governors or legislatures. To make matters worse, the states that have refused to embrace Obamacare are the same ones that could have benefited from it the most. Those states had higher uninsurance rates to begin with, and they're home to people who tend to be poorer and sicker than the residents in other states. In that context, it's not entirely surprising that the 10 states that currently have the highest percentages of uninsured residents -- Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alaska, and New Mexico -- are led by GOP politicians.

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States that have worked to fully implement Obamacare -- which involves agreeing to both accept the law's optional Medicaid expansion and set up their own insurance marketplaces -- have seen the largest drops in their uninsurance rates over the past six months.

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Although I'm sure the arguments will begin immediately, these facts should stand on their own: Obamacare is insuring people that didn't have insurance before and it's getting providers paid for their services where in many, many cases they weren't being paid before. This is why the bill was passed. Is any part of it perfect? Probably not and many will follow me with rhetoric and predictions of doom saying that it's worse than hideous. But it's working and those with the right intentions can adapt it to keep the momentum intact.

I'm very happy for all the people who're being helped by the ACA. I only wish it were more.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2014-08-06 09:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

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#2 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-08-06 09:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

YOU WONT BE LAUGHING WHEN THE ECONOMY COLLAPSES BECAUSE OF OBAMMACARE!!!

- Paneocon

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2014-08-06 10:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

"But it's working and those with the right intentions can adapt it to keep the momentum intact."

But would it have been easier to simply force doctors to abandon that whole, antiquated "work for salary" paradigm?

After all, if healthcare is a right, isn't it the responsibility of the doctor to provide it. In fact, couldn't one claim that, by not providing healthcare for free, a doctor would be violating the civil rights of the potential patient?

"I'm very happy for all the people who're being helped by the ACA. I only wish it were more."

Where do your sympathies lie with those households who saw their premiums skyrocket? Just another acceptable casualty in the name of egalitarianism?

#4 | Posted by madbomber at 2014-08-06 10:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

In fact, couldn't one claim that, by not providing healthcare for free, a doctor would be violating the civil rights of the potential patient?

No one anywhere has ever argued that the provision of healthcare should be done for free. You are confusing the realities of for profit and not for profit, but in either dynamic, no physician is required to work for free.

Where do your sympathies lie with those households who saw their premiums skyrocket? Just another acceptable casualty in the name of egalitarianism?

Do they still have insurance? And if they don't, why aren't the subsidies helping them maintain coverage?

You and you're ilk just don't get it: Pro-ACA folks are both willing and ready to make any and all adjustments to the law to make sure people can and are able to have at least the minimum dictated amount of healthcare insurance at affordable premiums. This is what happens with all far-reaching legislation that can't accurately predict every contingency at it's moment of inception. Just like the Constitution, it can and should be amended so that it best reaches towards its goals.

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2014-08-06 10:39 PM | Reply | Flag:

Whoops, "your ilk...."

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2014-08-06 10:42 PM | Reply | Flag:

Where do your sympathies lie with those households who saw their premiums skyrocket?Premiums have been rising like a rocket for a couple decades. Most people don't notice since their employer pays the premium.

#7 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2014-08-07 01:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-08-07 01:20 AM | Reply | Flag:

Hmmm.

So there is a chance the Repubs will kill themselves off with their own ignorance?

Too bad they will be taking innocent citizens with them.

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-08-07 07:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

Where do your sympathies lie with those households who saw their premiums skyrocket? Just another acceptable casualty in the name of egalitarianism?
#4 | Posted by madbomber

Good point. We should impose cost controls to benefit those few households affected.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-08-07 07:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

After all, if healthcare is a right, isn't it the responsibility of the doctor to provide it.

Good point.

Owning a gun is a right, I guess it's the responsibility of Smith and Wesson to hook me up.

Either that, or you're a moron.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-08-07 07:35 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

"But would it have been easier to simply force doctors to abandon that whole, antiquated "work for salary" paradigm?"

Yeah cuz in them furrin countys where they got sosulized medicin the dokters werk for free.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2014-08-07 07:38 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

Health insurance is not an important issue for the fine patriotic folks in the 10 "third-world" crappy red states (they are just joking when they threaten to secede from he USA). Their political agenda revolves around GUNS,GOD and GAYS. When they need healthcare, they just show-up at their local hospital's emergency room and walk away without paying the bill. Telling the cashier to "send the bill to HUSSEIN Obama"

#13 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-08-07 09:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

I should add that these same 10 red states have the lowest high school test scores in the nation. So we can expect to see another 60 years or more of stupid, uniformed voters, voting against there own best interest.

#14 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-08-07 09:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

The toothless hordes in those states don't want Obamacare--they will have to pay for it! Instead, those inbred masses like their current healthcare delivery system: wait in line at the local ER, get their stab wounds and broken fingers patched up, then declare that they are indigent...

#15 | Posted by catdog at 2014-08-08 08:23 AM | Reply | Flag:

There is a fallacy in the ten states listed, Louisiana and New Mexico are both controlled by the Democrat Party. Only occasionally electing a Republican governor,(the Democrats in LA, had all their best known politicians in prison). Secondly, Texas has a lion's share of illegal aliens, as does FL and AZ. They do not have health insurance, go to ANY ER and see for yourself who is in there, (hint,know Spanish)

#16 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-08-08 11:29 AM | Reply | Flag:

How's that "Just say No" policy working for you now Grand Old
---------?

#17 | Posted by earthmuse at 2014-08-08 11:35 AM | Reply | Flag:

But would it have been easier to simply force doctors to abandon that whole, antiquated "work for salary" paradigm?

After all, if healthcare is a right, isn't it the responsibility of the doctor to provide it. In fact, couldn't one claim that, by not providing healthcare for free, a doctor would be violating the civil rights of the potential patient?

#4 | Posted by madbomber

I'm not aware of any doctors who are being forced to provide healthcare for free in the US. Could you site an example?

#18 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-08-08 04:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

when your blue states are begging us to bail them out...remember this..

( I'm waving but NOT using all my fingers)...

#19 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-08-08 06:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

when your blue states are begging us to bail them out...remember this..

You're already paying for it dumbazz. You're refusing to take some of your own money that will be spent in your own states to pay the bills for your own citizens, many who now don't pay anything and leave the bill for government to foot in total.

Remember dat!

#20 | Posted by tonyroma at 2014-08-08 07:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

I'm glad to see we're finally in the lead.

#21 | Posted by mysterytoy at 2014-08-08 08:14 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

when your blue states are begging us to bail them out...remember this..

( I'm waving but NOT using all my fingers)...

Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-08-08 06:47 PM | Reply

You mean like when Rick Perry went hat in hand to Obama for the money to pay Texas' massive budget deficit after months of Perry babbling on about how he didn't 'need no help from Washington, DC'? "OOPS!!"

BTW, the glasses don't make Perry any more intelligent. They make him look like he's trying to look more intelligent.

#22 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2014-08-08 11:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

AFLAC

Sorry if inconvenient facts you feel bad.

Especially considering how you think Perry farts rainbows :-)

#23 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2014-08-08 11:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

First let's change GOP to OWM (The Old White Men party). So from now on we must always say OWM instead of GOP. Secondly, if anybody needs medical insurance it's those members of the OWM--that is, Red Neck Republicans. After all these are the people who want to repeal laws that forbid serving alcohol at gun shows. Gerrymandering voting districts in Slave States will only delay the inevitable. Sooner rather than later they must be all gone.

#24 | Posted by TurnLeftb42late at 2014-08-09 10:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Louisiana and New Mexico are both controlled by the Democrat Party."

You lie! Louisiana has a Republican majority in the House (58-45-2), a Republican majority in the Senate (24-15), a Republican governor, a 6-1 majority of Republicans holding its congressional seats in the US House of Representatives, and a 4-3 Republican majority on the state Supreme Court.

#25 | Posted by DCTexan at 2014-08-09 11:12 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Sorry, haven't been to LA since Edwards when to prison, but with a state that is 50% black, and a union state, a Republican majority is hard to believe. Some one in the Democrat party is really falling down on the job with the get out the vote project. Of course, a lot of Democrats in LA are in prison now... Hard to run a race from a cell.

#26 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-08-09 12:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

I"M BEING TOLD I"M GOING TO PAY HUNDREDS MORE EVERY MONTH ALREADY TO PAY FOR YOUR "Stuff"....

things I don't NEED....WANT...or think should be GIVEN FOR FREE TO PARASITES and OTHER democrat voters. !!!!!!!!!!

The perfect comparison....capitalist make things better so you'll buy them

Obama and his liberal ilk force you to buy things cause they know won't get bought without it....

this money will stop....when it does, it's going to come from suckers in those states.....soon after there'll be more parasites at our door....

it's a parable come true....and I"M in a state that's an "ANT"....

#27 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-08-09 01:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

I"M BEING TOLD I"M GOING TO PAY HUNDREDS MORE EVERY MONTH ALREADY TO PAY FOR YOUR "Stuff"....

Who's telling you that, and why hasn't it occurred to you that you're a fool for believing it?

#28 | Posted by snoofy at 2014-08-09 02:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

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