Washington state’s sickest regions would take biggest hit if Obamacare is repealed

Data show that regions in the state with the highest percentage of people with insurance made possible through the Affordable Care Act — better known as Obamacare — are in rural areas that also have the highest rates of death from medical conditions among people under 65.

A repeal of Obamacare would hit Washington hard — but nowhere harder than in parts of the state where people are the sickest.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) — better known as Obamacare — vastly expanded Medicaid enrollment by extending eligibility to low-income people under age 65. Washington is one of 31 states, plus the District of Columbia, that had adopted the Medicaid expansion.

Here in Washington, data show that regions with the highest percentage of people under 65 with insurance made possible by ACA are in rural areas where people are more likely to die from disease at a relatively young age….

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