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  1. Is there actually supposed to be a point? States joining lawsuits against Obamacare (link to blog.heritage.org) include the following from your blue states: Nebraska, Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, Arizona; and from the pink: Idaho, Nevada, Texas, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Maine. So what conclusions may we draw? Why, absolutely none! This is a ridiculous post.

  2. State officials opposed to expanding medicaid are not the same as general populations voting for the right wing, whose representatives promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act altogether. That’s not a pledge representatives of the blue states have made. Your attempt to muddy the waters is what is ridiculous.

  3. Mr Hammond: what’s most ridiculous is the fact that the US is the only Western country not to have universal health care. It’s mind boggling really. It’s almost unfathomable that you haven’t evolved farther socially.

    Jan Karlsson, Finland

    • The high infant mortality rates are mainly a result of the economic marginalization of minorities, and opposition to Obamacare is opposition to spending public monies on righting this wrong. If Washington, DC’s local government were dominated, as in Alabama or South Carolina, by white oligarchs, it would be opposed.

    • Remember, the Republicans took away much of DC’s self-government during the Gingrich era on the implied notion that blacks can’t govern themselves. So DC voters have less of a voice in our democracy than anyone who lives in the 50 states.

  4. It’s right on point. It reminds me of the lady who told me she wanted to keep the government out of Medicare!

  5. I note that the State of Washington and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have the lowest infant mortality rates at No.1 and No.2 respectively. I wonder if Romneycare has anything to do with Massachusetts’ low rate.

    • Massachusetts had a 4.9 per 100k infant mortality rate in 2001, the lowest in the nation, in 2001.

      I would attribute it more to another long-standing first in Massachusetts: the lowest teen birth rate among the states.

  6. Looks like RomneyCare is working in Mass – in terms of IMR, at least

  7. Wow, people are reacting badly to this post and completely skipping the point: why does a significant American cultural faction seem to celebrate as patriotic the fact that the poor get lousy health care? Instead, we’re arguing about the geographic distribution of that faction so as to prove that it doesn’t exist.

  8. Great post. Juan’s next graph should be the one that shows that red states, with all their moaning about the federal government, receive more federal money than taxes they pay.

  9. Last I heard, maternal mortality rates in the US aren’t anything to brag about either.

    But our people? They could care less. That’s how it seems. They like prisons, they like wars, they love Christ and you’re a white…for using birth control.

    But don’t call em Nazi. They want a whole new name. Will they be sorry if “american” says it all? Will they notice? Doubtful; they don’t even notice their own dead babies.

  10. So Romneycare has produced exactly what it was supposed to. Now the question is why do people insist on making up their minds without the confusion of facts? Are they stubborn or just stupid. Given the number of occasions when they vote against their own best interests it’s hard to draw any conclusions but the latter.

  11. Will Obamacare dictate that parents have to get vaccines for their kids ? There are more and more parents opting out of vaccines. So how does that relate to this story. It’s not all cut and dry as some of you think.

    • Those parents opting out of vaccines for their children are doing so under the erroneous belief that the vaccines (MMR–Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) cause autism. In 1998, a British medical researcher, Andrew Wakefield, wrote an article in a medical journal suggesting that his research had confirmed the link. It was subsequently found to be not only shoddy research, but actually fraudulent.

      There is absolutely no medical or scientific evidence that vaccines cause autism. Parents who continue to deny their children vaccines are putting their children at risk based on a fraud that has been debunked. I doubt that Obamacare “dictates” that parents have to vaccinate their children, but if it were to do so, their kids would not be at risk. Such parents should be more rigorous in conducting their research, and they should not be so gullible as to believe every shoddily-constructed and fraudulent “fad” that takes on a life of its own.

  12. To those of you who have drawn the conclusion that the low infant mortality rate in Massachusetts can be attributed to Romneycare, including Juan Cole (i.e., “touche”), I would merely observe the fact that Romneycare was enacted in 2006, while the above data is from 2005.

    Jim McCarthy got it right in one respect, though: “Now the question is why do people insist on making up their minds without the confusion of facts?”

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