10 States With Lowest Uninsured Rates Post-ACA

While the uninsured rate has dropped to a record low of 13.4% nationwide, according to Gallup figures, rates differ dramatically across states. Here are the top 10 states with the best uninsured rates in the aftermath of health care reform implementation, according to Wallethub.

Source: eba.benefitnews.com

What’s one of the things all 10 states have in common?


They’ve all expanded Medicaid.



See how that works?


Medicaid is expanded (almost entirely with the feds picking up the tab), and poor people get health insurance.


Where’s the bad news?

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As ACA Signups Skyrocket Towards 7 Million Fox News Claims Obama Is Cooking the Books

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As the number of people who are enrolling in the ACA’s private insurance plans surges towards 7 million, Republican Sen. John Barrasso and Fox News Sunday teamed up to claim that President Obama is cooking the books.

Greg Russak‘s insight:

If you’re still listening to and believing anything from the GOP and Fox about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, you need to understand that, generally speaking, you’re hearing spin and outright lies.


Barrasso trots out the same tired and debunked lie that the PPACA is limiting choices and even excluding what doctors and hospitals are available for us to go to. That’s bullshit. Complete and total bullshit.


What the PPACA did, among other things, was to set minimum standards for health insurance. Those standards are called Essential Health Benefits. It essentially makes junk insurance a thing of the past.


As for what insurance is available on the exchanges in each state, make no mistake about this point. Offering insurance is a decision made by the insurance companies. Their decision to offer their products in each state is a market-based decision, and their products are regulated by each state’s Department of Insurance.


If you live in a state where there’s only one or two choices, and those choices now have higher premiums and less coverage, you must understand that that is the free market at work. PPACA only sets minimum coverage standards. With the exception of protecting seniors from getting gouged, it does not set rates and it does not dictate what policies are offered to you.


I’ve done a fair amount of research into the PPACA. I currently work for a service provider to the insurance industry. For anyone who’s interested, here are a few blog posts.


The ‘Protection’ in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act



Americans Stick With Obamacare As Opposition Burns Bright



The Case for #SinglePayer



More #PPACA Red Herrings: Renewals and Benefits



The Fault, Dear Citizen, Is Not With ObamaCare



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Warning: Insurance companies using Obamacare scare to scam public

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Insurance companies are using Obamacare to scam the public, while blaming the ACA for not letting them gouge the public with inflated premiums.

Greg Russak‘s insight:

I include my own story about what “junk insurance” is as part of a blog post:

More #PPACA Red Herrings: Renewals and Benefits


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Gen. Colin Powell calls for universal health care in the U.S. – Puget Sound Business Journal

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Former Secretary of State and longtime Republican Colin Powell is calling for a universal health care solution in the U.S.

Greg Russak‘s insight:

“I am not an expert in health care, or Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, or however you choose to describe it, but I do know this: I have benefited from that kind of universal health care in my 55 years of public life,” Powell said. “And I don’t see why we can’t do what Europe is doing, what Canada is doing, what Korea is doing, what all these other places are doing.” 

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Six Reasons the Affordable Care Act Is Not Hurricane Katrina

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It’s easy to understand why Republicans are comparing the Obamacare rollout to Hurricane Katrina. It’s still wrong.

Greg Russak‘s insight:

If you think the technology issues with the rollout of Healthcare.gov are anything close to Katrina, please read this and tell me where it’s wrong. And, if you think the web site is down and out for good, I suspect you have little understanding about big Information Technology (IT) projects. The IT people I’ve known in my 30-year career, on the whole, have been some of the smartest people I know. Let’s let those smart people working for the PRIVATE CONTRACTORS who missed the mark the first time have some time to fix it. I’m quite confident that they can.

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