June 23, 2006
According to a new study from the National Center for Health Statistics, 41.2 million went without health insurance during some portion of 2005, a slight improvement over 2004. I'm not familiar with NCHS's methodology, but their survey sample looks plenty large, so I'd assume the data relatively accurate. I'd guess we're looking at the results of a slightly better economy mixed with some cheaper -- though less comprehensive -- insurance options. Importantly, about 30 million had lacked insurance for more than a year, and interestingly, the highest uninsured rate was in Texas. I just attended a breakfast where Grover Norquist termed Texas the second best governed state in the nation and talked up its executive's presidential ambitions, but I'd think -- and hope -- the near-quarter uninsured rate would throw a kink in Gov. Rick Perry's plans.
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Right. Because the fact that Governor Bush presided over Texas' drop to 50th in health care spending really hurt his campaign.
Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot | Jun 23, 2006 12:22:13 PM
Well, with the deficit on track to being cut in half because of repealing the Death Tax, WMD's found in Iraq personally by Rick Santorum, and now the number of uninsured dropping, it looks like it's time to switch to the GOP.
Posted by: Stephen | Jun 23, 2006 12:26:50 PM
the near-quarter uninsured rate would throw a kink in Gov. Rick Perry's plans.
To the people who might be thinking of nominating Governor Goodhair, it's a feature, not a bug....imagine if you could trim Medicaid and Medicare like that! More tax cuts!
Posted by: Davis X. Machina | Jun 23, 2006 12:41:53 PM
Hmmmm. I don't see how you can blame this on the Governor of Texas. Texas has a large illegal immigrant population and a voting population that has consistently voted against expanding healthcare coverage. I know that many are appalled by the uninsured coverage rate, but Texas voters have consistently shown an inclination to reduce that rate by eliminating state and federally funded assistance and allowing insurance companies a great deal of leeway.
I don't think this is a case of govt. failure (and Texas has many), I think this is a case of the voters disagreeing that universal healthcare is important.
Posted by: Dom | Jun 23, 2006 4:16:52 PM
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