|By Bobby Harrison, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"If statistics show that the ill-conceived and so-called Affordable Care Act is resulting in higher rates of uninsured people in
Legislative Democrats countered that if the governor and others had led the effort to take advantage of the benefits and options offered by the ACA that the state, like the rest of the nation, would have seen a drop in the number of uninsured.
WalletHub did not have the pertinent data to determine if the percentage of uninsured residents has dropped in seven states -- all with much lower rates of uninsured than
WalletHub, a social media company that does a litany of state rankings on various issues, used data from the
Other recent studies, including polls conducted by Gallup, indicate that nationally the number of people with no health insurance has declined significantly.
Bryant and other state leaders in
Republican House Speaker
Bryant contends the
The WalletHub study indicates that the states that expanded
Only three Southern states participated in the
Another option to gain health care coverage under the ACA, Brown pointed out, is the health insurance exchange. Bryant also has opposed that.
"We have not spent any on outreach on the exchange," Brown said. "If we did, we could have probably signed up another 10,000 there."
Still, about 63,000 Mississippians did sign up on the federally run exchange.
But Bryant said without expanding
He cited the recent move to expand the
"And we continue to strengthen our overall business climate and attract more job opportunities for Mississippians and their families," the governor said.
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