January 25, 2019 -
Southern states have long had the nation's highest rate of uninsured adults. While the Affordable Care Act lowered those numbers, the law is under attack — and a new Gallup survey finds the uninsured rate is climbing to levels not seen since the ACA took effect.
October 18, 2013 -
The special election for Louisiana's impoverished 5th congressional district is set for Oct. 19, and Democrats are trying to turn it into the Democratic district it appears to be on paper -- and save the Affordable Care Act from continued assault from the right.
August 1, 2013 -
Across the South, Republican governors and state legislatures have turned down federal funding to expand Medicaid, excluding millions of uninsured, working-poor residents from health care coverage -- and missing an opportunity to shift costs away from expensive emergency-room care.
November 12, 2012 -
Amid all the talk of a "New South," the region remains plagued by the old problems of entrenched poverty and racism.
November 8, 2012 -
After Tuesday's election, President Obama's health care plan remains alive. But its future is uncertain, with many Southern states still uncommitted to creating insurance exchanges and others rejecting federal funding to expand coverage for the poor.
August 15, 2012 -
Morally, leaving our poorest fellow citizens uninsured while we move forward with tax credits to help make coverage more affordable for middle-class families is unthinkable for most of us -- but expansion also makes sense financially.
July 13, 2012 -
The Affordable Care Act, called "Obamacare" by its opponents, provides for an expansion of the joint federal-state health care program for the poor. But many Southern governors say they will reject that expansion -- even though it would benefit their states' economies.