The Kaiser Family Foundation just published the latest numbers of the state of health insurance. The numbers are from 2010 (it takes a while to collect and process the data).
Overall 16% of Americans are uninsured, a 1.7% increase from 2009. Nationwide the breakdown is as follows:
- 49% Employer sponsored
- 5% Individual
- 16% Medicaid
- 14% Medicare
- 1% Other public
- 16% Uninsured
The States with the lowest number of uninsured are:
- Massachusetts 5%
- Hawaii, 8%
- Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin, all at 9%
And the States with the worst record for the number of uninsured? Texas, with a whopping 25% of the population without health insurance. New Mexico, Florida, and Nevada all tie for runner-up at 21%, and Georgia rounds out the top 5 at 20%.
Hawaii and Massachusetts are the best states regarding health insurance for children as only 3% of kids are uninsured (the national average is 10%). And yes, Texas is the worst with 17% of children uninsured.
I wonder if Ron Paul has anything to say about the dismal state of health insurance in Texas, you know considering he is a doctor and lack of access to health care leads to delay in diagnosis as well as less than adequate care for hundreds of thousands of people. Certainly as an OB/GYN Dr. Paul should know that lack of access to health care is the leading cause of prematurity in the United States.
But the fault is also with all of us. I mean, we are a country that embraces 5-year $90 million contracts for sports stars and the combined salaries for the top 10 highest paid NFL stars in 2011 is $150 million (give or take a million). I wonder how many people we could insure for a year with just half that amount?
Food for thought.