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  • Thursday, November 12, 2009

    Who needs healthcare reform? Texas leads the pack!

    Overwhelmingly Texas seems to be the state that is MOST in need of healthcare reform. Massachussetts is the state that needs it the least.

    From Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/votes/house/healthcare/index.html?hpid=topnews

    Here are the districts with greater than 30% of their people uninsured:
    CA-31: 42.4%
    TX-28: 35.5%
    FL-21: 31.3%
    FL-25: 31.3%
    TX-20: 31.3%
    TX-29: 43.0%
    TX-9: 37.3%
    IL-4: 32.2%
    FL-23: 34.1%
    TX-15: 36.6%
    TX-18: 36%
    TX-30: 38.4%
    GA-4: 30.2%
    FL-17: 35.9%
    TX-27: 32.0%
    AZ-4: 34.5%
    TX-16: 34.6%
    FL-18: 32.7%
    CA-34: 38.0%
    CA-47: 31.7%
    TX-32: 35.7%
    CA-33: 30.2%

    TX: 10 districts
    FL: 5 districts
    CA: 4 districts
    GA: 1 district
    AZ: 1 district
    IL: 1 district

    Texas REALLY stands out with Florida and California distant seconds.

    And next are the districts with fewer than 10% uninsured: (less obvious pattern)

    HI-1: 6.0%
    MO-2: 7.9%
    PA-4: 8.6%
    MN-6: 7.7%
    WI-2: 9.0%
    IL-13: 8.2%
    IA-3: 9.2%
    MA-8: 6.8%
    CT-2: 9.0%
    MA-10: 5.1%
    MA-4: 4.0%
    NJ-11: 7.4%
    NJ-5: 9.3%
    PA-6: 7.9%
    HI-2: 9.4%
    NJ-12: 7.6%
    NY-3: 7.2%
    MN-2: 6.9%
    NJ-7: 8.0%
    NY-26: 7.0%
    MA-9: 4.3%
    MA-7: 5.2%
    MA-3: 3.7%
    PA-8: 6.9%
    PA-18: 7.6%
    MA-2: 4.3%
    MA-1: 4.5%
    MN-3: 7.4%
    WI-6: 8.7%
    PA-19: 9.6%
    WA-8: 9.8%
    PA-13: 9.6%
    WI-5: 6.2%
    PA-7: 7.3%
    MA-6: 4.1%
    MA-5: 4.0%
    MN-1: 8.9%
    CA-30: 9.6%

    MA: 8 districts (many around or below 5%!!)
    PA: 7 districts
    MN: 4 districts
    NJ: 4 districts
    WI: 3 districts
    HI: 2 districts
    NY: 2 districts
    MO: 1 district
    CA: 1 district
    IL: 1 district
    IA: 1 district
    WA: 1 district
    CT: 1 district

    Texas should be at the forefront of healthcare reform with Florida coming in second. Massachussetts already has its own excellent healthcare system and Pennsylvania doesn't seem to be doing so badly, but most of the rest of us really need healthcare reform.

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