Dallas Named One of America's Worst Counties for Health Coverage

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Patrick Michels
In the past several weeks, Republicans have increased their steady barrage against the Affordable Care Act, but conservatives aren't the only ones putting out propaganda. The liberal Center for American Progress Action Fund published a report on Thursday highlighting the benefits of Obamacare, particularly for poor people.

The report, like those churned out by the other side of the aisle, is a distinctly partisan document, charging that many Republicans have "abandoned their responsibility to assist constituents and refuse to recognize that their constituents include the uninsured and families who will benefit immensely when the health care marketplaces go into effect in January 2014."

It proves this by compiling a list of the 30 worst counties when it comes to health coverage. Dallas County is the largest. Nearly a third of the population, 31 percent, is uninsured. That number jumps to nearly 45 percent for non-elderly adults. The county ranks sixth from the bottom in the percentage of working-class families with health coverage.

On the bright side, Dallas County isn't the only humongous county with terrible healthcare, nor is it the worst. That title belongs to Miami-Dade, Florida, the only other county on the list with a population greater than 1 million. So, there's that.

(Note: We originally said the Center for American Progress had produced the report. It was actually the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the think tank's affiliated lobbying arm.)

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TexMarine
TexMarine

I wonder how many of the uninsured Texans will consider the cost of the monthly ACA premium vs. a uhaul? Take some of our electoral votes with you, lest you sink us with this mess.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

That picture is great, but it should have shown some of their Larks and Hoverounds, the ones paid for by Medicare.

And don't they know Obamacare is more than 26 weeks old? Too late.

Nice bags, though...

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

The report says nothing about Health Coverage, just insurance rates.  Shouldn't we be more worried about how healthy people are than how it gets billed?

roo_ster
roo_ster

Send the illegals and anchor babies home so we can help truly needy Americans.

That would also help DISD.

Brian
Brian

As long as health care remains a cartel-controlled commodity like higher education or good weed, the unit cost will always be the total amount of money made available for it divided by the fixed supply provided, and the more money made available, the higher the unit cost to each person.

Which leaves everyone agonizing over the same question: do they want to pay for their kids's college education or Myrna's menopause therapy?

Or do they just want to say the hell with both of them and just dive into the blissful oblivion of some good chronic?

Tom434
Tom434

In Dallas we have this thing called the Dallas County Hospital District which operates the Parkland System.  Check their annual report for the amount of charity and uncompensated care they provide each year.  Next check your property tax bill and see how much in taxes you are paying to support health care for the uninsured.


Is the Parkland system crowded and will you have to wait longer than at other facilities, yes, but chances are you won't pay either because you don't want to or cannot.

Miami also has a public hospital, Jackson Memorial

pak152
pak152

wow! identifying the CAP for what they are. will other liberal/progressive groups cited by the DO be similarly identified? has a conservative secretly hacked into UnFair Park?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

It is not plausible to the ordinary prudent Dallas County citizen . . . that this accusation holds any merit whatsoever.

In fact, when these wild-eyed politically-driven "studies" are reported, it lowers the IQ of the reporter to that of a "some say" hit piece thinly masquerading at the level of half-assed fact.


ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

I wonder if the data on uninsured has been correlated to potential causal factors such as income, educational level and immigration status.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Look at those selfish old fools, comfortable in Medicare coverage, and out rallying against universal healthcare.  Disgusting.

corkyvonluxembourg
corkyvonluxembourg

Right, as opposed to nationalizing it and getting the IRS to enforce it? Great solution.

animas
animas

Over 5 million Texans (28%) have no health insurance and no access reasonable to health care.  ACOs cannot be successful here because by the time the enrollees are eligible for govt funded health care (Medicare or Medicaid) their problems are so complex,or  numerous  and their compliance patterns are so deficient that the ACOs lose money meeting standard treatment metrics common in the rest of the country.   Republicans have known this for decades and have never proposed any meaningful legislation to assist the uninsured with affordable insurance.

JackJett
JackJett

@Montemalone M...The bags are nice and I like the touch of the red scarf and dark sunglasses.  So while we may be on the list for worst health coverage, it is clear we are on the top of the health coverage protest fashion list. 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

At least with weed you know what it costs before you buy it. Next time you are in the hospital, especially an ER, ask what a recommended procedure costs. Nobody dispensing the treatment has a clue.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Brian This.  The whole mess was started long ago when they made it pre-tax to buy your insurance through your employer.  Everyone was uncoupled from the actual costs, and costs skyrocketed.  Add in the moronity that trial lawyers and unaware juries allowed to fester in the malpractice racket, and we can toss a pile of medically unnecessary but legally vital tests for every ill, and you have the perfect storm.

Until we address HOW people buy their insurance (instead of whether-or-not) and get some real tort reform, prices are going to keep rising, until they can't.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@Brian Cynic.  My menopause was long ago, and I was under my employer's insurance plan.  So there.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul Obamacare would be remiss if nutritional education is not part of the package.  Michelle should be much more aggressive in her campaign to get people to eat healthy and exercise regularly.  I thinks it's disgraceful that all Americans can't get behind her in this push, leaving politics out of it for once.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz If that was all it was about, we could have ended this debate before it started.  There were only about 12 million uninsured people in America.  For much less than the DIRECT costs of Obamacare, we could have just put them all on medicaid and been done with it.

The democrats wouldn't stand for that, though.  They wanted this monster, instead, passed on pure party lines with parliamentary shenanigans.

pak152
pak152

@animas"Over 5 million Texans (28%) have no health insurance and no access reasonable to health care."  so can you provide us with an objective source?
seriously many young people <30 yrs decline health insurance coverage even when offered it by their employer.
define "reasonable access"? are people being turned away at the emergency room door? are there not free clinics? free vaccination programs.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul Why don't you go knock on some doors in the hood and suggest those folks put down the Cheetos and Dr Peppers and pick up some celery sticks and mineral water? Let's see what sort of reaction you get.

You could give away a cart load of healthy food to each household every week and it would end up in the street, and they'd all pile in the truck and head to Golden Corral.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Why not put everyone on MediCare? Decoupling insurance from employment would be an incredible job creator, a net positive once the health care billing departments and health insurance company employees found productive work?

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Receiving basic healthcare at the ER is incredibly expensive. Remember those hospital district taxes?

animas
animas

Thank you for asking.  TMA has a website as well as Gallup Healthways.  Actually Texas now ranks as #1 in the nation for uninsured individuals followed by Louisiana 24%, Nevada 23% and California.  Mass has the fewest uninsured at about 4%.  All you have to do, if you are really curious is to google:uninsured in Texas for at least 5-6 unbiased sources.  These sources state their criteria for comparison.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@holmantx Read the article and quit using hackneyed insults like "Put down the crack pipe".  The article says: "Dallas County is the largest".  Miami-Dade is noted as the worst.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@pak152 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul A large part of the blame for what crosses our dinner plates can be put on the Department of Agriculture, which constantly regulates in favor of ConAgra and Monsanto, often leaving independent farmers in untenable positions.  Monsanto is even given enforcement authority to prevent farmers from saving seed from current crops.  All in the name of keeping GMO patents secure.  While the First Lady is encouraging kitchen gardens and organic foods, the Ag Dpt is doing all it can to outlaw both.

pak152
pak152

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @pak152 that's right we need to keep running the same old failed plan over and over again until we get it right. Nanny Obama and Nanny Bloomberg need to stop meddling in people's lives


Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@pak152 Because the first try failed do we give up?  That's why I stated that Michelle should be much more aggressive, and perhaps tweak the campaign so that it doesn't fail again.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@everlastingphelps I think you know better than to believe it's that simple.  Think R&D costs, pharmaceutical research costs, the cost of the best and newest equipment, just to name a few.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

It's the only place to go if you are poor. I don't see your point, unless it is that the poor have no right to health care unless they can afford it. Maybe a regulation against poverty would fix it.

pak152
pak152

@primi_timpano but that has not stopped the poor from going there and getting treatment.

pak152
pak152

@animas yuck yuck. nope just want to see the articles that you are basing your contention on. like in school show your supporting material.

animas
animas

Want me read the articles  and statistics out loud to you at bedtime, too? (lol--just kidding)

pak152
pak152

@animas thanks but why not post the links yourself?


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