states’ rights

Legislature Polarization and Single Payer Prospects

Legislature Polarization and Single Payer Prospects

I came across this chart while looking at Kevin Drum’s blog at Motherjones.com.  It summarizes the results of a study measuring the amount of political polarization in all 50 state legislatures compared to the US Congress. They looked at the roll call voting record of each legislator from 1996-2009 for both houses (and Nebraska which […]

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Gov. Corbett is Not Recommending to Expand Medicaid

Gov. Corbett is Not Recommending to Expand Medicaid

I received this message from the Pennsylvania Health Action Network today.  We were hopeful that Gov. Corbett R could be persuaded to change course on Medicaid expansion when Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer R and Ohio Gov. John Kasich R were but he is leaving it up to the legislature and recommending that they do not. […]

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Governor Corbett Budget Address Today

Governor Corbett Budget Address Today

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett-R will make his third budget address to the state legislature on Tuesday, Feb. 5.  He is expected to promote plans to privatize the state liquor store system, to further keep the state’s budget balanced without raising taxes on the wealthy or Marcellus shale drilling.  He also may announce whether or not […]

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How does Pennsylvania Measure Up on Infant Mortality?

How does Pennsylvania Measure Up on Infant Mortality?

Infant Mortality vs. Income for Certain States & Countries in 2006 The Gapminder Institute has come out with an online interactive graphic showing the United States’ individual states and all of the other nations of the world.  I created the graph at the left to show the relationship between per capita income and infant mortality […]

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States of Confusion

States of Confusion

Medicaid expansion is a critical part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Of the approximately 30 million people who are currently uninsured, but will be if the ACA is fully implemented, fully half of them—the poorest half—will be insured through the Medicaid expansion. Traditional Medicaid is jointly administered by the state and federal governments. The Feds set some basic […]

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States not participating in Medicaid Expansion So Far

States not participating in Medicaid Expansion So Far

Texas now added itself to the five other states above in dark red which will not participate in the ACA medicaid expansion even though it leads the nation in the percent uninsured at 26.3% and is correlated most strongly with income and the % Latino population at the county level. Here is Texas Gov. Rick […]

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The Need for an Economic Impact Study in Pennsylvania

The Need for an Economic Impact Study in Pennsylvania

In my posts on the STOP Obamacare in Pennsylvania group, I commented on their analysis of the uninsured and how Obamacare would not control skyrocketing healthcare costs.  My expertise is in health statistics and not in economics.  In many ways there is no separating the health effects from the economic effects of a single payer […]

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STOP Obamacare in Pennsylvania: Where We Agree with Them

STOP Obamacare in Pennsylvania: Where We Agree with Them

In my previous post on the STOP Obamacare in Pennsylvania, I commented on how Dr. Nicholas Pandelidis downplayed the problem of the uninsured in the US citing faulty research.  However there are some areas of agreement single payer advocates have with this group of controlling costs with the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) that we […]

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Obama, the States’ Rights President

Obama, the States’ Rights President

Last week, we posted an op-ed by Wendell Potter about the Obama administration’s pending decision on the minimum health benefits insurance companies will be required to cover under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA says that ten categories of benefits must be covered: ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental […]

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