Thursday, August 20, 2009

Some States That Believe Mistruths About Health Care are also Fattest, Most Uneducated

Check out what I just read, compliments of Sam Stein and the Huffington Post:

A new study by Gallup shows that large swaths of populations in the South and West -- anywhere from one-in-five to one-in-four individuals -- are currently lacking health insurance coverage.

These same regions also have the largest percentage of populations who believe widely perpetuated mistruths about the Obama agenda, including allegations that the president will set up "death panels" and wants a complete government takeover of the health care system.

According to Gallup, of the 25 states with the greatest percentage of the uninsured, all but three are based in the South or the Midwest.

LIST OF STATES WITH MOST UNINSURED

Texas - 27 percent of the population is uninsured New Mexico --- 25.6 percent Mississippi - 24 percent Louisiana - 22.4 percent Nevada - 22.2 percent Oklahoma - 22.2 percent (considered a Midwest state) California - 21 percent Wyoming - 20.7 percent Florida - 20.7 percent Georgia - 20.7 percent South Carolina - 20.4 percent Montana - 20.3 percent Alaska -- 20.2 percent Arkansas - 20.1 percent Colorado - 20 percent Oregon - 19.4 percent West Virginia - 19.3 percent (considered a Northeast state) North Carolina - 19.3 percent Idaho - 18.8 percent Utah - 18.1 percent Kentucky - 17.9 percent Tennessee - 17.8 percent Nebraska - 17.7 percent Alabama - 17.2 percent Missouri - 17.1 percent (considered a Midwest state)

I thought it would be fun to see where these states fall in some other stats.  How about obesity?  Here’s a category where you don’t want to be number 1, unless, of course, your state is proud of its thickfreakness:

State

Obesity Rank

Mississippi

1

Alabama

2

West Virginia

3

Tennessee

4

Oklahoma

5

South Carolina

6

Kentucky

7

North Carolina

8

Arkansas

10

Missouri

12

Louisiana

13

Texas

14

Georgia

18

Nebraska

21

Alaska

24

New Mexico

30

Nevada

31

Wyoming

34

Idaho

35

Florida

36

Oregon

39

Montana

41

California

42

Utah

46

Colorado

50

I also wanted to know how they rank nationally for education.  As opposed to the previous example, the higher the number, the dumber:

State

Education Rank

Nevada

49

Mississippi

48

California

47

Alaska

46

Alabama

45

Louisiana

44

New Mexico

43

Georgia

41

Oregon

40

Utah

38

West Virginia

37

Oklahoma

36

Arkansas

32

Kentucky

31

Tennessee

30

Florida

29

Colorado

27

South Carolina

26

Texas

25

North Carolina

23

Missouri

22

Idaho

20

Wyoming

19

Nebraska

11

Montana

7

Does this come as a surprise?  Of the 25 least insured states in the Union, States that, when polled, the majority believe the lies about health care reform, 19 of them are the dumbest.  15 of the least insured states that, when polled, believe the most lies are also the fattest.  I’m going to assume that they don’t read much and they don’t get out much.  Which would lead me to the conclusion that they’re getting their information from the television.  I wonder which network tells the most lies about health care?  It must be the one that has the most viewers, right?

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