Texas unemployment is around 5 percent. More like 1.5 percent if you only count those who want to work. Our economy is thriving, our housing values are stable, our crime rates are low (except on the borders), and our education system is strong.
Meanwhile, California just jacked up their state tax withholdings (we don't have those in Texas) by 10 percent to pay their bills
I don't understand why people still try to draw conclusions by looking at what states are most or least likely to do this or that and then looking at how those states vote. That's not how logic or statistics work.
First off, insurance is a useless measure because the absolute poorest among us have it (via Medicaid) while the lower middle class is less likely to have it. Due to that, I fail to see how it correlates with income.
Secondly, age distribution has a lot to do with this. The vast majority of the uninsured are between 18-34. The states that have the highest rates of the uninsured also happen to be the states that have the most people who fall into that bracket.
United States by States; and Puerto Rico - GCT-P5. Age and Sex:**2000
Finally, minorities (who overwhelmingly vote Democrat) are much more unlikely to be uninsured. According to Census figures, blacks and hispanics account for 22 million of the 46 million uninsured, while white people only account for 20.8 million. This is in spite of the fact that whites outnumber hispanics/blacks 196 million to 81 million.
Given these facts, I'd be hesitant to try to draw any conclusions based on the distribution of the uninsured, especially as it pertains to party.
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The rate of the uninsured is possibly an exception, since liberal policies specifically aim at reducing uninsurance- but the question we must ask is, does it matter? Massachussetts has the lowest percentage of uninsured population, and yet only 37% of its very liberal residents actually like their new health care system. Is there any proof that a higher rate of uninsurance causes actual problems in itself?
I think we need less people insured, and better economic distribution of proffessional care. I'm thinking if there was less fear of lawsuits for every little thing, more people would want to become doctors and more new companies would want to compete.
Well - at least this does pinpoint who will be fined in the future for not having insurance.
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