Last week, Mitt Romney claimed that we do have health care for everyone in the country – it's just that some people's health care plans don't include things like check-ups and only include emergency room visits.
So it should come as no surprise that an analysis of Romney's health policy proposals from the Commonwealth Fund estimates that Romney's health care plan would leave 72 million Americans uninsured by 2022 – 12 million higher than if nothing had been done at all. On the other hand, if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fully implemented, the uninsured rate will drop to 27 million people by 2022. That's 45 million people whose health care is hanging in the balance.
The findings also show that “middle class families in the key battleground states of Florida, Ohio and Virginia, among others, would pay about half as much total for health care if the ACA is fully implemented rather than repealed and replaced with Romney's plans” – a compelling statistic going into the election.
So how does Romney's plan shake out in Texas, which has the highest uninsured rate in the nation? Texas would actually be hit harder than any other state. Under Romney's plan, 34.3 percent of Texans would be uninsured, compared to 14.7 percent if the ACA is fully implemented.
Texas clearly has a lot to gain from the ACA, and a lot to lose under the Romney Plan. But to what extent will health care be a deciding factor in the election in Texas? Allmand Law crated an infographic showing how the current status of the health care system in Texas may impact the upcoming election:
It turns out about half of Texans either think the health care system in the state is fine or isn't that bad, or they don't' care. So almost one-third of the state is uninsured, and still half of the state things the healthcare system is good or fine. It's a small sliver of people who have health insurance and still believe the health care system needs to change. And while their voices and those of the uninsured may be outnumbered in Texas, it's a reminder of just how much is at stake nationally this November.