Republicans REALLY Don’t Want the Poor to Have Health Insurance

Poor No Health Insurance

The Republicans haven’t won the fight to kill off Obamacare (yet…) but they have managed to keep millions of Americans from getting health insurance.

Approximately 8 million Americans living in Republican-controlled states will not get health-care coverage under Obamacare because their states have refused to participate in expansion of Medicaid. 26 states have opted out of the federally funded expansion, including every state in the Deep South (minus Arkansas!).

Under Obamacare, all Americans are required to purchase health insurance. For lower and middle-income earners, there are federal subsidies on the new health exchanges to help them afford insurance. The Medicaid expansion, however, was meant to cover the poorest Americans, especially the working poor. So it’s pretty ironic stupid that the states with the highest concentrations of poverty have rejected the expansion.

And who exactly is on the losing side of the Medicaid expansion opt-out? Rich, white plantation owners! No, it’s obviously of low-income blacks and single mothers. The New York Times analysis of census data revealed that two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance are being left without health coverage because their state opted out.

“The irony is that these states that are rejecting Medicaid expansion — many of them Southern — are the very places where the concentration of poverty and lack of health insurance are the most acute,” said Dr. H. Jack Geiger, a founder of the community health center model. “It is their populations that have the highest burden of illness and costs to the entire health care system.”

These 8 million Obamacare castaways basically have three options:

  1. Boost their income so they can qualify for federal subsidies on the new health exchanges that launched on Tuesday
  2. Become SUPER poor so they can qualify for Medicaid in its current form (and I’m talking $11 a day poor)
  3. Maintain their uninsured status and pray they don’t get hit by a car

All great options, but Option C seems the most plausible. But on the plus side, at least they don’t have to worry about getting raped by the Uncle Sam/Burger King hybrid!

Via: The New York Times

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