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The irony is that of the 10 states, most are in the South.  Nine of the ten governors are Republicans and going on record not to implement the Affordable Healthcare Act.

This coming from Governor Bobby Jindel on Meet the Press this yesterday:


2. Louisiana
> Excess deaths from a lack of insurance (per 100,000): 14.94
> Percent of population uninsured: 17.8 percent (10th highest)
> Percent living below the poverty line: 18.7 percent (sixth highest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 75.39 years (fourth lowest)

Louisiana has one of the lowest life expectancies at birth in the U.S. at 75.4 years. Though much of this certainly can be attributed to poor health choices "the state has a higher number of smokers and its residents eat comparatively little fruit or vegetables"€” the inability of many residents to receive proper care due to lack of insurance is also a contributing factor. In Louisiana, 17.8 percent of the population goes without health insurance, despite the fact that 21.9 percent of the population qualifies for Medicaid — the fifth-highest proportion among all 50 states. The high uninsurance rate is partly due to the relative economic disadvantage of the state's residents. With 18.7 percent of residents living below the poverty line "the sixth-highest rate in the nation" and a median income that is more than $5,000 lower than the U.S. average, just 58.39 percent of state residents have private insurance. That is the fourth-lowest such rate in the nation.

Then we have the ever slimy, but colorful Governor Rick Scott of Florida, who has stated publicly he will not implement the law, but surely has a lot of folks NOT INSURED there:

"€œWe s€™re not going to implement Obamacare in Florida,"€ Scott told Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren on Friday night.   "€œWe a€™re not going to expand Medicaid because we a€™re going to do the right thing. We a€™re not going to do the exchange."€
But here are the FACTS of folks dying for healthcare in his state, and I mean literally, dying:
6. Florida
> Excess deaths from a lack of insurance (per 100,000): 12.06
> Pct. of population uninsured: 21.3% (3rd highest)
> Pct. living below the poverty line: 16.5% (16th highest)
> Life expectancy at birth: 79.7 years (12th highest)

The sheer number of excess deaths from a lack of insurance in Florida is staggering: 12,336 from 2005 through 2010. The driving factor for this imposing total is that 21.3% of the population is uninsured "the third-highest rate among all states. Floridians may have difficulty affording health insurance" median income was just $44,400 in 2010. Meanwhile, only 45.7% of residents have employer-based health insurance, while just 15.6% of residents received Medicaid benefits. Both of these rates are among the lowest in the country.

Oh, let's not forget the GOP golden boy, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) on This Week, this morning making NO SENSE:
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In the end, these GOP Governors will eventually implement the known "Obamacare" because they will be forced to do so.  How?  By the skyrocketing costs in their states, by their constituents once finding out what this law is about will demand some healthcare, too.

How can the Republicans run for repealing this law, which has already started in pieces, but have offered nothing to describe their own healthcare plan?  Just Ask Mitt:

Mr. Romney says he will do away with it on his first day in office; Jan. 20 could be busy for him, as he also has vowed to repeal the financial regulatory law and to declare China a currency manipulator on that day.

There is a huge void with the "replace"€ commitment that the Romney campaign calculates it can finesse until after the election.

A vigilant news media will make that impossible, which is one of the reasons the Republican nominee is so inaccessible. An example: Mr. Romney has said he wants to make sure that Americans with pre-existing conditions do not lose their current health insurance. What he doesn'€™t say is that he would not keep the provision ensuring this protection in the current law. What would he do? Simply say tough luck to people with disabilities?

In the end, while the rallying of REPEAL OBAMACARE is red meat for the GOP constituents, the reality is that people have or are moving on from this debate and have accepting the final word from the Supreme Court.

The GOP can play pattycakes with this rhetoric, but it won't help them in the end.  People want to know what THEY will do, what THEIR plan is and right now it simply is NOTHING.

Read full article on the dying 10 states, here.

P.S. The opening of Jay Leno's perception of President Obama's learning about the law being upheld is hilarious, first 1:30 of this clip:

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  •  I don't have much confidence in the statistics' (7+ / 0-)

    accuracy.  I would bet that they're higher than that.

    And then if all the instances of the people who only have junk insurance that they avoid using until proper diagnoses can be made or conditions adquately factored in, I'm sure that the numbers could be almost doubled.

    Nothing illustrates better, or more vividly, the seriousness of the class war on the poor and middle class than the refusal of the ALEC-driven governors and legislators to accept any help available and to implement the minimal provisions to alleviate suffering and save lives.

    If we still had a sane society, their attitudes and actions would be loudly condemned across the nation until they were forced to resign from office.  They're playing the welfare of the people like a multiple shell game, but with no prize under any of the shells.

    It may never have been all that it was cracked up to be, but the American Dream has been reduced to the American Myth by the plutocrats and their enablers.

    How someone like Rick Scott, for instance, could have ever been elected to any office with his history, governor?  There can't be a better example of someone from the plutocracy stealing from the people.  But he was elected.

    Until our party can break through the inane civility with the direct unvarnished truth, from top to bottom, we're not going to make substantive change with the ALEC enabled candidates.  We have so very much work to do.

    99%er. 100% opposed to fundamentalist/neoconservative/neoliberal oligarchs.

    by blueoasis on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 05:22:31 AM PDT

    •  The WAR on The POOR! (1+ / 0-)
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          ... or,   Stop the JOBS, Stop the VOTE!
        The enemies of the poor and middle class Peoples of America offer us
      a one & one only All Inclusive Insurance Policy!   Die Quickly!
        The fascist mega-corporations and swinistically greedy billionaires who own
      monster oil, gas, chemical and other highly pollutant business interests have set themselves on an all-out quest to buy one by one, all the governorships, congressmen and deputies on the state level, as well as all the seats
      in Our American Congress as well!
        And they will invest over two billion dollars on propaganda, bribery
      and coercion in all our coming elections to do so!
        Our enemies are vile, ubiquitous and incorrigible carrion feasting inhuman fascist monsters!       - Smash American Fascism! -

      ! The swinistic greed and racial hatred of the American ruling elite is abysmal !

      by joe wobblie on Mon Jul 02, 2012 at 11:57:26 AM PDT

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  •  first off, southern states have high minority (4+ / 0-)
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    Tinfoil Hat, Mike08, bubbajim, swedepi

    populations & i'm sorry to have to break this to everyone but, whites in those states just don't want the "burden" of having to pay for minorities' healthcare -- & whites DO see it as their burden to shoulder b/c most minorities are either on welfare or lazy or dropped out of school & don't have enuf education to get better jobs, blah, blah, blah . . .

    which is of course total bullshit, but this is the way they think (or not, as the case may be) -- anyway, that's the first obstacle in southern states: overcoming the rascist bigotry that surrounds the healthcare debate.

    next is a long-held belief in taking care of yourself & if you can't, too fucking bad -- and, again, this is a deeply ingrained "culture" meme that most whites in southern states have.  it actually goes back to 19th-century thinking that "one should not feed too long on the bread of idleness" & conservatives (everywhere) love to use it to justify the reverse robin hood philosophy that holds: as long as you're doing SOMETHING, you're not being idle, even if it's ripping others off (like ws bankers, the koch bros, etc.) -- !!!!

    disclaimer: i don't agree w/the philosophy or ideas in my comment, i'm just trying to explain it/them to people who are sane & can't imagine why southern states come up w/the crazyass ideas they have regarding the aca or any kind of public-initiative to help those less-fortunate in our society -- which is ironic, given that southern states love to tout their religiousity & love of jesus.   :)

    •  i've heard that homogenous societies (3+ / 0-)
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      swedepi, blueoasis, bluezen

      usually have a higher tolerance for the cost of social welfare programs than more heterogenous ones. As a life-long white southerner, I still cannot understand the level of alienation between the races that exists into the 21st century.

      As far as I can tell, poor whites are as committed to the "rugged individualism" as those who have prospered are. I really can't comprehend why one would suscribe to a philosophy that brands one as a "loser," but then I'm not a conservative. They really are a breed apart.

      Calvinism is often cited as the reason for people believing that you can be greedy and still be a Christian. I really don't know. I do know that people who don't think that they even HAVE a philosophy of life are generally those most enslaved by an obsolete one. They are mired in counter-productive ideas because they don't even see an alternative - they imagine that their outlook cannot be changed because to them it's "just common sense." I think that if we are ever going to progress much further as a nation, we are going to have to teach children that it is all right to ask questions and that philosophy is not some esoteric concern but an essential part of understanding the world around one.

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