The Affordable Care Act has reduced the numbers of uninsured in many states. Only the ones resisting the Medicaid expansion lag.
November 11, 2015

Right after Carly Fiorina made her sweeping claim that "Obamacare isn't helping anyone," I received an email letting me know about a new study that shows uninsured rates plummeting in many states.

The only lagging states are those which have not expanded Medicaid.

Here are some of the key findings:

  • Texas has the biggest absolute gap in uninsured rates between lower-income-earning and higher-income-earning households: 20 percent.
  • “Blue” states have fewer uninsured residents, with an average rank of 18.4, compared with 34.5 for“Red” states. (A lower rank is better.)
  • Nevada had the highest absolute decrease in its children’s uninsured rate, at 7.7 percent, between 2010 and 2014.
  • Mississippi has the highest absolute difference in uninsured rates between Hispanics and whites, favoring whites, at 26.3 percent.
  • Kansas has the highest absolute difference in uninsured rates between blacks and whites, favoring whites, at 9.9 percent.
  • New Mexico has the highest rate of publicly insured, at 44.1 percent.
  • Utah has the highest rate of privately insured, at 78.3 percent.
  • In 38 states and the District of Columbia, the rate of employer-based health insurance coverageincreased between 2010 and 2014.
  • In 18 states, the uninsured rate drop was fully a result of the public options.
  • The average uninsured rate for states that expanded Medicaid is 9.35 percent and 12.7 percent for the states that opted out.
  • The uninsured rate pre-Obamacare was 15.5 percent and has fallen to a current rate of 11.7 percent, with 10,618,742 persons gaining health insurance coverage.

With these facts and figures in mind, I'd just like to let Carly know that not only is she a liar, she's a damn liar, and I've got the statistics to prove it.

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