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Old 08-20-2009, 12:55 PM   #541
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The states that have been most skeptical of President Barack Obama's agenda for health care reform also have some of the highest levels of uninsured people in the nation.

A new study by Gallup shows that large swaths of populations in the South and West -- anywhere from one-in-five to one-in-four individuals -- are currently lacking health insurance coverage.

These same regions also have the largest percentage of populations who believe widely perpetuated mistruths about the Obama agenda, including allegations that the president will set up "death panels" and wants a complete government takeover of the health care system.

According to Gallup, of the 25 states with the greatest percentage of the uninsured, all but three are based in the South or the Midwest.

LIST OF STATES WITH MOST UNINSURED

Texas - 27 percent of the population is uninsured New Mexico --- 25.6 percent Mississippi - 24 percent Louisiana - 22.4 percent Nevada - 22.2 percent Oklahoma - 22.2 percent (considered a Midwest state) California - 21 percent Wyoming - 20.7 percent Florida - 20.7 percent Georgia - 20.7 percent South Carolina - 20.4 percent Montana - 20.3 percent Alaska -- 20.2 percent Arkansas - 20.1 percent Colorado - 20 percent Oregon - 19.4 percent West Virginia - 19.3 percent (considered a Northeast state) North Carolina - 19.3 percent Idaho - 18.8 percent Utah - 18.1 percent Kentucky - 17.9 percent Tennessee - 17.8 percent Nebraska - 17.7 percent Alabama - 17.2 percent Missouri - 17.1 percent (considered a Midwest state)

STATES IN SOUTH AND WEST ARE AS FOLLOWS

South: FL, NC, SC, AL, MS, GA, VA, TN, KY, LA, AR, TX

West: NM, CA, OR, WA, AK, HI, MT, ID, UT, NV, AZ, WY, CO

Compare these findings to those pulled from a recent Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll, which showed that more people in the South and Midwest are prone to believe myths about Obama's health care plan than in other regions of the country.

In the South, 26 percent of the public said they believed the health care reform plan being considered by President Obama and Congress requires elderly patients to meet with government officials to discuss "end of life" options, including euthanasia. Twenty percent of Westerners said the same thing. In the Northeast and Midwest those numbers were 11 percent and 17 percent respectively.

Meanwhile, 45 percent of Southerners said they thought Obama's health care reform included a government takeover of the entire health care system. Twenty-three percent of Westerners agreed. In the Northeast and Midwest those numbers were 10 percent and 20 percent respectively.

That populations most in need of comprehensive insurance reform are most likely to buy into false criticisms of the president's plan is a fascinating window into the current state of the health care debate. Theoretically, the president should be receiving more support in his efforts to expand coverage from those who currently lack it. The opposite, however, seems to hold true.

Uninsured: Highest Percentage in Texas, Lowest in Mass.
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That populations most in need of comprehensive insurance reform are most likely to buy into false criticisms of the president's plan is a fascinating window into the current state of the health care debate. Theoretically, the president should be receiving more support in his efforts to expand coverage from those who currently lack it. The opposite, however, seems to hold true. [/url]


i can venture a guess as to why this is true, but the typical suspects will call me an anti-Christian racist.
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I thought Obama should have reached out to religious groups a looooooonnng time ago. This IS a moral issue.

But most churches are spineless on these types of issues, they're great at the local level but are too afraid to piss off their gun toting "Obama's a Muslim nazi" members of their congregation to do anything at a national level.
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I thought Obama should have reached out to religious groups a looooooonnng time ago. This IS a moral issue.


it is how Bono got Republicans to care about (straight) africans dying of AIDS.
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it is how Bono got Republicans to care about (straight) africans dying of AIDS.
Exactly...

It's pretty sad they weren't at the forefront of either one of these issues, at least they stepped up to one.

I think when the overall church in America(if they ever do) start to step up to real moral issues rather than pseudo-morals, they'll start to lose their reputation of hypocrisy.
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I think when the overall church in America(if they ever do) start to step up to real moral issues rather than pseudo-morals, they'll start to lose their reputation of hypocrisy.
And maybe gain more members who really do want to help do God's work.
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Do you ever get tired of defending this asshole? I mean isn't there a point when your moral conscious kicks in and says this guy isn't worth defending sometimes?
What about the Holocaust? Socialists caused that. Isn't it about time you owned up?
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Excellent article here by a NH primary care doc:

Commentary: Why the doctor won't see you now - CNN.com

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Although it is a moral imperative for every American to have access to health insurance, alleviating the shortage of primary care providers is of equal importance. The prospect of suddenly adding tens of millions of patients to an overburdened primary care system has the potential to make the already dire state of American health care even worse.
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Well it's mainly the insurance companies fault that primary care physicians do not get reimbursed and compensated as much as specialty doctors. It's poor priorities that have lead to primary care doctors leaving for more lucrative gigs.

We need to start reimubursing and giving priority to preventative and primary care, period. Doctors have been arguing with insurance companies about this for decades.
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That populations most in need of comprehensive insurance reform are most likely to buy into false criticisms of the president's plan is a fascinating window into the current state of the health care debate. Theoretically, the president should be receiving more support in his efforts to expand coverage from those who currently lack it. The opposite, however, seems to hold true.
No habla ingles.
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No habla ingles.

I thought they didn't speak Russian and German.
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That couldn't possibly be a major factor in MS, LA, SC, WV, KY and MT. Even if for the sake of it you started from the ridiculous assumption that their entire Hispanic populations were uninsured, and subtracted that from their total uninsured, they would all still have uninsured rates above the national average (16.2%). And AR, TN and AL are close to being in that same category. In other words, half the South.
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One of the medications I take has spiked in cost from $20 on my old insurance to $60 on my new insurance. I'm dreading seeing the cost of my insulin, test strips, etc. Absolutely ridiculous.
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