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August 01, 2014 8:21 AM Kentucky Shows Why We Fought For the ACA

By Harold Pollack

Via the indispensible Sarah Kliff at Vox, this pre-post map of Kentucky health insurance coverage puts a lump in my throat. This is what we fought for ACA, and what we will eventually achieve when low-income red states eventually embrace the Medicaid expansion.

I’ll never be involved in another presidential campaign as I was with the Obama campaign and the fight for health reform between 2007 and 2012. I knocked on hundreds of doors, made I-don’t-know-how-many-phone-calls in the hope of achieving near-universal coverage.┬áMaps like this make me so glad that I participated in that fight. That map reflects hundreds of thousands of lives changed, in a single small state that went against President Obama, big time, in both 2008 and 2012.

More from Sarah Kliff here.

This speaks for itself.

This speaks for itself.

[Cross-posted at The Reality-Based Community]

Harold Pollack is the Helen Ross Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

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