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Six-month-old Hazel Garcia chews a pamphlet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, California March 27, 2014. More than 7 million people have now signed up for private insurance plans under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law

Over half—56 percent—of previously uninsured people got assistance to get coverage under Obamacare through expanded Medicaid, CHIP, or subsidized private coverage, and if the states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would reverse course, they could provide coverage to 59 percent of their currently uninsured populations. That's one of the findings from a new study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on coverage after Obamacare's implementation.

Their key findings:

  • In states that have expanded Medicaid eligibility under the ACA, 68 percent of the uninsured became eligible for assistance, compared with only 44 percent in states that have not expanded Medicaid.
  • If nonexpansion states were to expand Medicaid eligibility, 71 percent of their uninsured would be eligible for assistance.
  • Among states expanding Medicaid, the ACA is projected to reduce the number of uninsured people by 56 percent, compared with a 34 percent reduction in the uninsured among states not expanding Medicaid.
  • If the states that have not expanded eligibility were to do so, the number of uninsured in those states would decrease by 59 percent.
A decrease of nearly 60 percent in the number of uninsured people would mean 60 percent fewer people getting emergency room treatment that hospitals and states have to eat because there isn't another payer. It means 60 percent more people getting preventive care that could mean lower health care costs for them in the future. It means that many more people getting things like flu shots, helping to keep everyone in their communities healthier. It means making life that much better and easier for 60 percent of the states' uninsured people.

There's nothing about Medicaid expansion that doesn't make sense morally or economically. The whole problem is political, and the destructive point Republicans insist on making is killing people.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu May 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Thu May 29, 2014 at 12:30:41 PM PDT

  •  17,000 avoidable deaths a year (3+ / 0-)
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    bear83, leftykook, renzo capetti

    That's almost one death every 30 minutes.  Has anyone put up a Death Clock to tabulate how many people have died as a result of Republican refusals to expand Medicaid?  It would be a very useful link for all sorts of political campaigns and other efforts.  Broken down by state, a lot of Democratic candidates might find it a very useful reference.

    We have always been at war with al Qaeda.

    by Dallasdoc on Thu May 29, 2014 at 12:42:02 PM PDT

  •  Chris Fitzsimon discusses North Carolina..... (1+ / 0-)
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    •  Unfortunately, NC Republicans are mean and stupid (3+ / 0-)
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      tofumagoo, skillet, BMScott

      Instead of doing this:

      It is a plan that would save lives, create jobs, and save the state money both in the long run and next year—when it would free up $26 million that could help with restoring cuts to classrooms or giving state employees a well-deserved raise.

      The plan would also provide health care coverage for more than 350,000 adults in North Carolina who are currently uninsured.

      They are doing this:

      The budget makes major changes to the state's Medicaid eligibility guidelines, cutting expenditures on coverage for the aged, blind, disabled and medically needy by more than $32 million – about half of the state's current funding for the program. (Federal money makes up the majority of its support.)  

      Under the proposed changes, 3,342 people now covered by Medicaid because they're medically needy, aged, blind or disabled would lose their coverage on Jan. 1. Another estimated 11,886 aged, blind or disabled people would lose Medicaid eligibility under county special assistance programs, which would be decoupled from Medicaid under the budget.

      Let's see, let's either:
      A. save $26 million and cover 350,000 people, or
      B. save $32 million, eliminate coverage for 15,000 people, and leave 350,000 twisting in the wind.

      NC Republicans answer: B.


      Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

      by bear83 on Thu May 29, 2014 at 01:17:44 PM PDT

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  •  Time for Medicare for all (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm trying to move to Canada. I've talked to people up here. They all think our medical system is nuts. "Health care is a right" is a common line.

    (That being said, ACA is at least a step forward from what we had.)

    The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them. - Albert Einstein.

    by Cvstos on Thu May 29, 2014 at 02:22:15 PM PDT

  •  They don't care. (0+ / 0-)

    If it takes ten or twenty thousand extra deaths a year to stick it to the Scary Black Man, well, that's just fine. Takers anyway, the lot of 'em. And probably brown.

  •  Saddest Picture (0+ / 0-)

    that little baby is eating a magazine.

    "....No Compromise in the Defense of Mother Earth!"

    by Seattle Socialist on Fri May 30, 2014 at 05:05:16 PM PDT

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