Where in the United States Do the Uninsured Live?

In a recent post, I wrote about ethnic variation in the likelihood of going without health insurance. There’s also quite a bit of geographic variation in uninsurance, based on 2008 data – before the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Here is a picture showing the percentage of people in the continental United States who went without health insurance for at least a portion of time:

map of uninsured

I’m not the first person to point this out, but it is still worth noting that the states which have most aggressively opposed Obamacare are also the ones that stand to benefit most from the law, if they expand Medicaid and work to make their health insurance exchanges operate smoothly. Really a shame we don’t have a cooperative political climate, where we can confront our differences while still implementing laws that stand to benefit millions of Americans.

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