State Health Care Reform Lawsuit Updates

Uninsured Adults by StateWe are starting to see movement at the state level in several directions.  First, the number of states filing lawsuits against the federal government and the health care law continues to grow.  Six additional states are joining the Florida lawsuit and a seventh, Oklahoma, announced its intention to file a lawsuit on its own.  This brings the number of states attempting to turn over the law to 28.  Here is the list:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The main point of dispute for the states is the individual mandate that starts in 2014 which will require individuals to carry health insurance.  According to a 2009 Gallup poll, the number of uninsured adults increased to 16.2% from 14.8% in 2008.  15 states had over 20% of the adults in their state uninsured, with Texas leading the way at 26.9%.  One interesting point to note from the survey is that of the 15 states with the highest number of uninsureds, 11 of them are suing to overturn the individual mandate.  Conversely, of the 15 states with the lowest number of uninsureds (all of them are under 13%), only four are involved in the lawsuits.  By the way, the state with the lowest percentage of uninsured adults, at 5.5%?  Massachusetts.  The state with a health insurance mandate.

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