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      There has been an important article that has been circulating on the net tonight pertaining to the ratings of states in regards to women's health issues. Many of you would find an interesting correlation between the states here and their political leanings.
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      Health.com has listed the worst 10 states in the union with regards to women's health. They have various health categories mentioned with various states. The states and their no particular order of listing are.....
     1. Mississippi- 1/4 of women have no health insurance.
     2. Arkansas-Life expectancy down for women in over one of five counties.
     3. Idaho-Lowest in nation in percentage of mammograms for women
     4. Louisiana- women chlamydia rates are over 12% and high infant death rates.
     5. Kentucky-Almost all the counties in the Eastern coalfield areas showed a decline   for women for life expectancy in the years of 1987-2007.
     6. Tennessee- Obesity rate of women up to 34.5%. Life expectancy declined in 36 of 95 counties from 1987-2007.
     7. Oklahoma- The only state that had a state level drop in life expectancy for women from 1987-2007.
     8. Texas- 31% of women had no health insurance, and high rates of chlamydia as well. Texas ranked dead last for the number of women getting first trimester prenatal care.
     9. West Virginia- 36.8% of women had no leisure time physical activity. Obesity rates have risen to 32.6% for women.
    10.Wyoming- Women here made 64 cents per dollar made by men. Screening rates for disease are low due to long distances from medical facilities for many.

     Additionally, six counties in the nation had life expectancy declines for men, but 300 counties in the nation had life expectancy declines for women. What's the correlation that I mentioned earlier??  These are all RED STATES.

     Information here has been provided by the Guttmacher Institute, and the Kaiser Foundation as well as from other sources.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

    by sooner2703 on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 03:27:23 AM PDT

  •  If you asked politicians in those states (4+ / 0-)

    about those  number, they would likely respond that it's the price of "freedom". At least we have "freedom". Not socialism. "Freedom".

    I know what Mitt Romney is hiding: Mitt Romney. equalitymaine.org

    by commonmass on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 04:12:42 AM PDT

  •  Red states hate women (4+ / 0-)

    It's obvious.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 04:24:34 AM PDT

  •  the Escape & Run strategy: just LEAVE. Here's why: (2+ / 0-)
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    CuriousBoston, Odysseus

    Even a few percent decline in the female population of those states will create a "female shortage" relative to males.

    This will make it harder for would-be husbands to find wives.

    Men will have to compete for women.  Speaking of "competitiveness," throw it in their faces.

    When it becomes clear that the shitty situation for women is making them choose the Escape & Run strategy, the males will have to fix their shit and start dealing with equal rights and health care issues.

    This is better than the Lysistrata strategy ("going on strike," no sex with men), because Lysistrata only affects husbands, whereas Escape & Run affects the pool of eligible single males, particularly the under-30 crowd, and puts them in a position of "neeeeed" that will translate to political activism.

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 04:47:51 AM PDT

    •  That is a strategy that would be interesting to (1+ / 0-)
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      try. My guess is that many people would like to escape those states, especially the mountain states. Would the main street men have enough smarts, activist energy, and common sense to vote diferently?

      The mountain states are apt to have small towns where everyone knows everyone elses' business. Small towns probably do not have enough medical care or diversity of it. Travel to necessary medical care and privacy is extremely hard to get. If a person is not earning a living wage, picking up and moving is would seem impossible.

      I have always admired people that pick up to move across the USA, or to another country.

      I know many Chileans that moved during the Pinochet? regime. Some made it to MA illegally, others legal.

      My personal computer is limited, can't post without tagging on. Community computer better. Pardon tagging to comments, spelling, please.

      by CuriousBoston on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 05:25:52 AM PDT

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      •  I would move to Chile (2+ / 0-)
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        CuriousBoston, G2geek

        Yummy wine and great skiing!  I would move there in a second.  But everyone there would break a blood vessel laughing at my accent.

        Yes, small towns in the intermountain west don't have the medical facilities that some places do.  Even people in places like Park City where Mitt used to have a house and where movie stars go for Sundance have to go back to many medical services.

        These days, many small town residents have just moved to find work in the oil or gas industry.   Some of them may just put off that mammogram until they are back to the big city doctor they trust.

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  •  Wyoming and Idaho (1+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus

    I once broke my collarbone in Idaho and it was a 45 minutes to the nearest hospital.   I can't imagine that mammograms would be any closer.

    Lots of the jobs in Wyoming involve driving trucks on black ice or working in oil fields when it's 30 below.  My sister in law gave Wyoming a shot and ended up moving back to Utah, not a place known for enlightened attitudes.

  •  All red states in the (mostly) South... (0+ / 0-)

    ...I'm SHOCKED I tell you, to learn this...just SHOCKED!

    "If you're looking for somebody with George W. Bush's economic policy, Dick Cheney's foreign policy, and Rick Santorum's social policy, then Mitt Romney's your man." -- James Carville

    by terabthia2 on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 06:22:42 AM PDT

  •  I live in WV. (1+ / 0-)
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    Our biggest export is educated young people. The women who are left are more likely to have kids early, which means that they will have lower incomes and higher expenses. I suspect that if you looked at the statistics for all women who were born in WV it would not be nearly so bad, but many of the healthy ones are ilving in other states.

    Obesity, lack of exercise, diabetes, smoking, prescription drug abuse, alcoholism,  and associated problems are epidemic here. The government knows it and is trying to combat it, but no one has found anything that works.

  •  "RED STATES" - -Uhm OK, (0+ / 0-)

    There are 254 counties in Texas.  Non-residents might be hard pressed to name more than five.  Rougly 200 of those are small, population-wise, rural counties, often with limited health care faciliites, personnel, and access. But I'd hate to compare Dallas or Harris Counties with Willacy or Deaf Smith Counties.

    The first two are "blue", the second two are "red", but a whole lot of other differences.

    From where I stand in Dallas, there are a lot of similar places like that from here to the Canadian border (and quite a number the other direction).

    And my state is turning blue, sooner than many know.

    Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 11:14:56 AM PDT

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