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It's pretty simple, actually. Red States are Deadbeats. They do not cover their own expenses. Blue States support them, like obliging parents allowing them to live above their means. Only one of the states that voted against Obama in the last election carries its own weight by contributing more in federal taxes than it spends. That state is Texas. The rest are on the dole. Even Texas contributes less per dollar than 15 other states, all Democratic.

The real "income redistribution" issue in this country is not between rich and "poor" (aka :"minorities," slackers," "aliens," "my ex-girlfriend," "pinko commies" etc) BUT between Democratic states and Republican states. It's not about the "irresponsible poor" or the feckless uninsured but about corruption, greed, quackery and deception so bold it does not shy from declaring the Bible to be Too Liberal.

What makes this situation utterly tragic is that there are states with large Democratic majorities (such as California and Illinois) that are suffering under the current arrangement. They contribute disproportionately to other states when their own populations could benefit from improved health access and quality.

The sort order for the table below is the one I find most helpful, Party designation first (by whether they voted for Obama in 2008) and then by RR or Redistribution Ratio -- based on how much of each State's federal dollars (collected as revenue) are returned to the State. This data is from The Tax Foundation and is from 2005, the last year available.

Key dependent variables are the measure of health quality from the Agency of Health Quality and Research and measures such as the percentage of people uninsured in the state. Other data is provided because it is mitigating or explanatory. Examples are cost-of-living adjustment and average Medicaid payment per enrollee.

Although just the basic "facts" are presented here, I don't know of another source than this that has combined these three vectors on a State-to-State basis:

  1. Inter-State Redistribution of Federal Tax Collections
  1. Health Care Quality and
  1. Financial and Coverage Data.


STPRRRankHealth QualityCOLIncomeStTax%Unins%Pov%Mcare%Mcaid$Mcaid%Minor
NJD$0.61 50Hi Avg129.464,0705.5014.99.215117,86938.83
NVD$0.65 49Med Weak109.255,4404.2418.110.813114,49042.86
CTD$0.69 48Hi Avg127.865,6445.829.78.115157,59826.19
NHD$0.71 47Lo Strong118.268,1752.5110.47.015116,0476.87
MND$0.72 46Lo Strong104.357,6076.098.59.914157,12914.59
ILD$0.75 45Hi Weak96.753,8894.5913.212.314194,12935.29
DED$0.77 44Med Avg102.853,6956.2511.09.616225,15231.65
CAD$0.78 43Med Avg136.657,4455.5618.514.612292,74057.73
NYD$0.79 42Med Avg127.150,6436.6313.614.215277,92739.99
COD$0.81 41Hi Avg105.762,2173.1316.211.012124,75929.00
MAD$0.82 40Lo Strong120.560,5155.555.411.316196,96120.79
WID$0.86 39Med Strng95.852,2245.139.09.815184,44014.95
WAD$0.88 38Med Avg103.458,4724.6911.910.414194,38824.51
MID$0.92 37Lo Strong97.050,5284.9011.713.015184,19922.52
ORD$0.93 36Lo Avg114.351,9473.6816.610.615144,27219.97
FLD$0.97 34Hi Weak103.646,2064.2320.213.117174,20439.66
RID$1.00 33Lo Strong122.054,7674.8011.312.717198,08221.17
OHD$1.05 31Lo Avg93.448,9604.6911.613.716185,76817.51
IND$1.05 30Hi Weak92.847,8984.8811.914.315164,90716.80
PAD$1.07 28Med Avg102.050,8505.089.811.018174,83228.61
NCD$1.08 27Med Avg96.744,0585.6116.013.915194,94332.79
VTD$1.08 26Hi Avg117.949,9598.2010.39.017265,0964.85
IAD$1.10 24Hi Avg93.450,4654.559.49.517155,6009.72
MDD$1.30 18Lo Avg127.665,9324.4712.98.713146,60042.28
MED$1.41 13Hi Avg112.748,4815.779.612.019237,7754.75
HID$1.44 12Med Avg162.864,0026.247.99.915174,48475.11
VAD$1.51 10Med Avg100.661,7103.8413.810.314114,84033.08
NMD$2.03 1Hi Weak101.444,0816.4923.219.315264,52158.26
TXR$0.94 35Hi Weak90.547,1573.8925.215.911173,36752.62
GAR$1.01 32Hi Weak91.448,3693.8817.815.512193,29641.89
UTR$1.07 29Med Avg95.059,0623.6813.07.610125,00518.29
NER$1.10 25Lo Strong89.850,8964.6012.610.615145,91515.88
WYR$1.11 23Lo Avg102.451,9777.8313.710.114165,05613.17
KSR$1.12 22Lo Avg91.449,1195.2012.512.715135,57819.71
AZR$1.19 21Lo Avg106.347,9724.4018.918.013232,20641.61
IDR$1.21 20Med Avg93.149,2474.8714.812.214154,79914.88
TNR$1.27 19Hi Weak88.341,2404.5014.815.016253,97522.92
MOR$1.32 17Med Avg90.346,9063.9512.613.316184,38717.86
SCR$1.35 16Med Avg95.544,0344.2916.114.016224,16534.80
OKR$1.36 15Hi Weak88.445,4945.1216.013.616204,06328.61
ARR$1.41 14Hi Weak90.440,9746.4417.015.318273,67624.35
MTR$1.47 11Hi Avg105.044,1165.7615.912.916125,61712.08
KYR$1.51 9Hi Weak92.241,0585.7414.817.117204,87012.22
SDR$1.53 8Lo Strong90.549,9013.2911.413.116155,07213.94
ALR$1.66 7Lo Avg92.044,1554.4112.014.317214,01531.55
NDR$1.68 6Lo Strong95.149,3257.3111.011.816116,92510.39
WVR$1.76 5Lo Avg94.640,8516.5814.614.520225,6826.51
LAR$1.78 4Lo Weak94.441,2326.0519.318.215253,56338.08
AKR$1.84 3Med Avg128.964,70118.9719.48.28187,64434.26
MSR$2.02 2Med Weak97.037,5795.9918.418.116274,14441.33
USAD$1.00 25Med Avg10051,2335.4015.413.2015.020.04,575n/a
Src:MapTaxFndRankAHRQ Top 50Kaiser[calc]KaiserKaiserKaiserKaiserKaiserCNN

P = (2008) Democrat vs Republican, based on 2008 Presidential vote.
RR = (2005) Redistribution Ratio. The amount of federal tax dollars received per dollar contributed.
Rank = (2005) From lowest to highest Redistribution Ratio.
Quality = (2005) Of health services provided to citizens, derived from data available from HHS' Agency for Health Care Quality and Research. [see AHRQ's disclaimer at end of this post.*]
COL = (2008) Cost of Living adjustment.
State Tax = (2008) Average state tax for $60K.
Uninsured = (2008) Percent uninsured.
Medicaid = (2006) Percent on Medicaid.
Mcaid Pymt = (2006) Average Medicaid cost per year per enrollee.

*AHRQ Disclaimer: "Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the electronic documents and resources provided on this Web site. However, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) makes no warranties, expressed or implied, regarding errors or omissions and assumes no legal liability or responsibility for loss or damage resulting from the use of information contained within.

"AHRQ and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) cannot endorse, or appear to endorse, derivative or excerpted materials, and it cannot be held liable for the content or use of adapted products that are incorporated on other Web sites. Any adaptations of these electronic documents and resources must include a disclaimer to this effect."

Kaiser: is a project of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and is designed to provide free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data on all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States. provides the latest data on more than 500 health, health care, and health policy topics, comparable across all states.

Additional data at Auriandra's blog at hy61blues.

Originally posted to Auriandra on Mon Oct 12, 2009 at 12:28 PM PDT.

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  •  there are no red states and blue states... (0+ / 0-)

    someone once said...

    The real "income redistribution" issue in this country is not between rich and "poor"

    I think you'll find that those states getting the most are the poorer, and those giving the most are the richer.

    •  Totally agree except IL CA NV MI etc (1+ / 0-)
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      Auriandra Wabasha MN

      by Auriandra on Mon Oct 12, 2009 at 12:33:58 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  You say "richer" but here in California we are (1+ / 0-)
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      Kimball Cross

      dealing with a cost of living that matches our "richness" and we are in debt up to our eyeballs and we are over 10 percent unemployment.  How about we are just barely scraping by and we are donating to states that don't do jack for their citizens if it doesn't come out of our pockets.

      Repubs - the people in power are not secretly plotting against you. They don't need to. They already beat you in public. (Bill Maher)

      by Sychotic1 on Mon Oct 12, 2009 at 12:49:53 PM PDT

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    •  I thought so too, until (1+ / 0-)
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      I looked at some US Census data (pdf):

      In this chart, per capita federal expenditures are broken into four categories by agency: Defense, Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration, and Other agencies.  

      It's easy to see that for most states, more than half of all federal money comes from either defense or other agencies; unlike social security or health and human services, these agencies don't typically means test expenditures.

  •  California suffers (2+ / 0-)
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    Kimball Cross, Tm3

    ...from a self-inflicted wound.

    Google Proposition 13.

    Just another "We made a mistake when we let them back in." diary.

    There are no Red States and Blue States.  There are Blue States and About-to-Be Blue States.

    •  So we should drown AND pay for everyone else to (0+ / 0-)

      float because it is our own damned fault?

      Repubs - the people in power are not secretly plotting against you. They don't need to. They already beat you in public. (Bill Maher)

      by Sychotic1 on Mon Oct 12, 2009 at 12:50:30 PM PDT

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      •  I just reject the premise of this diary (0+ / 0-)

        Of course not, but there is a lot of fixing that Californians have to do before sending additional money is just a waste.

        Schwarzenegger is the biggest Herbert Hoover in the country.  And there are 50 Herbert Hoovers in the country.  Any federal aid gets sucked into their budget deficits and causes even more layoffs.  In most states, legislatures have the ability but not the will to raise taxes.  In California the legislature has shackled itself; that is the major difference.  Seems to me that even Republicans in California should have wised up when teachers started to be laid off in large numbers.

        We are all in this together and we better stop this Red State/Blue State nonsense.

  •  Good diary, poor title. (1+ / 0-)
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    Kimball Cross

    Might want to consider renaming this diary to something like "Red States = Welfare Queens" or something equally inflamatory. The current title suggests this diary promotes Broderism, or "bipartisanship".

    -6.38/-3.79::'A man is incapable of comprehending any argument that interferes with his revenues.' Descartes

    by skrymir on Mon Oct 12, 2009 at 01:09:53 PM PDT

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