March 11th, 2009
10:00 AM ET

Pres. Obama's plan hits blue states hardest

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Josh Gerstein

In mounting an aggressive push toward universal health care, President Barack Obama is exposing one of the central ironies of offering insurance to all: The states most likely to profit are the ones that voted against him last November and whose congressional leaders are least likely to support it.

Red states across the South, which now offer limited benefits to low-income residents, stand to receive billions of dollars to cover large populations of uninsured citizens. Blue states in the North and Midwest, which are wealthier and already offer insurance to many, are likely to take a financial hit.

Obama may have been alluding to some of those divides when he predicted that geography could play a major role in the coming health care fight.


soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. DrewK

    It seems to me the past President spent % trillion in debt and we have nothing to show for it. I am glad to see a President actually expecting a service for his spending.

    Also the key to a strong country is a strong middle class. Education and health care are the 2 most important things for a strong middle class.

    America over the past 30 years has increased its GDP quite a bit but the avg American has seen none of this increase.

    March 12, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  2. debbie black/kansas city

    We must have Universal Coverage. We all know the South is behind in almost every conceivable fashion-See Chuck Norris for President. President Obama is trying to do the right thing for all Americans.

    It will be a struggle to make the change to Universal Coverage and I imagine the cost will be frontloaded. After a time, when the entire plan is in place, it will be a benefit to all. Americans need to quit with the ME First and QUIT if I don't get my way attitude. If, we follow President Obama, who is everyone's President, all Americans will be better off in the future. Now is a tough time for us all. Those of us, in the Blue States, who supported him, understand that there will be sacrifices all around and no one will get everything they want (didn't your mother ever tell you that?) We needed a President to make the tough choices and ask Americans to sacrifice for the sake of the country. Keep it up Mr President, you are truly amazing.

    March 12, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  3. Barbara in Boston

    So what? We are a nation, not just a collection of states. We have a national history of one region helping pay for another part fo the country's progress. Look at the dam building era in the West, the interstate highway system, etc. These are all examples of how sometimes we need to help out other regions so our country can move forward.

    March 11, 2009 at 7:36 pm |
  4. Larry Frieders

    I suggest that the country as a whole would support "limited benefits to low-income residents" – including a form of catastrophic coverage. The idea of across-the-board government health care remains a frightening ideology. Based on our current consumption of health care, we probably couldn't afford universal coverage anyway.

    March 11, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  5. Cindy

    Does it really matter how much each state will get if they do the reform? I mean they won't be getting to keep it because it'll be going out to pay doctors, hospitals, insurance companies and such. It's not like the money is going into the states pocket and they'll get to keep it and use it as they wish.

    And make no doubt about it the "richer" states and people always find loopholes so they don't have to pay or lose as much. They will this time too. They always do.


    March 11, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  6. Martin

    Everyone knows providing Universal Health Care isn't going to bew easy. As Obama said in his campaign we're going to have to make some tough decisions and sacrafices.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  7. Michael "C Lorton, Virginia

    For those who voted for Obama and supported healthcare reform--no good deed goes unpunished--for those who didn't---we will rob from the wealthy to give to the poor--sound familar!

    March 11, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  8. meenas17

    Health care is to all and mainly to the less fortunate. So, Obama's direction to push insurance toall has found the target The receiving end are the states which did not vote for him,seem to be an irony. But Obama is twice blessed, he gives care to his non supporters, and also to the weak. Fine.

    March 11, 2009 at 10:53 am |