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  •  Another criticism of the lead graph: (2+ / 0-)
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    lyvwyr101, Jon Perr

    The numbers on the graph do not nearly match the numbers in the source document.

    I know the graph is not yours, and you don't need to be an apologist for another's work. But the graph diminishes your diary, I think.

    "There is just one way to save yourself, and that's to get together and work and fight for everybody." ---Woody Guthrie (quoted by Jim Hightower in The Progressive Populist April 1, 2012, p3)

    by CitizenJoe on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 10:45:58 AM PDT

    •  Can You Help Me with the Errors? (0+ / 0-)

      CitizenJoe,

      I appreciate the heads up about the errors in the graph.  I did create it, so I definitely want to correct any mistakes.

      Can you help by pointing out the corrections that need to made?  (There are some cases where the source document showed a state like Florida as "opted in," which the legislature subsequently undid).

      Thanks for the assistance!

      •  Sure. (1+ / 0-)
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        Jon Perr

        In the graph, it looks like (for example) Texas will have about 1.9 million uninsured after ACA. In the article I cited--which I think was the source document you used, since I came to it clicking links from you (and you cited the title)--Nardin et al. indicate it will be about 5 million if Texas does not opt-in, as appears likely, or 3 million if they come to their senses.
        Numbers for other states were similarly skewed.
        I might be reading the graph or the chart wrong.
        I'm unable to copy/paste the charts. But here is one of the charts I relied on.

        "There is just one way to save yourself, and that's to get together and work and fight for everybody." ---Woody Guthrie (quoted by Jim Hightower in The Progressive Populist April 1, 2012, p3)

        by CitizenJoe on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 03:16:13 PM PDT

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        •  I Think We're Reading the Data the Same Way (1+ / 0-)
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          SulaymanF

          In the case of Texas, the Health Affairs estimates that the state currently has 6,080,000 uninsured.  If Texas had opted in to the Medicaid expansion, that number would be cut to 3,080,000 in 2014.  But because Texas opted out, it will instead have 4,986,000 uninsured in 2014.

          So, the difference between Texas opting in to Medicaid expansion (about 3.08 million still uninsured) and opting out (4.97 million still uninsured) is about 1.9 million.

          •  I understand (I think). Thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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            Jon Perr

            "There is just one way to save yourself, and that's to get together and work and fight for everybody." ---Woody Guthrie (quoted by Jim Hightower in The Progressive Populist April 1, 2012, p3)

            by CitizenJoe on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 04:34:47 PM PDT

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