Here in Colorado, the state just had to send back a millions of dollars that was given to us by the feds for health insurance for children. The program was designed to subsidize health care for uninsured children. A family of Four earning under $35k per year got free healthcare.
The problem: less than half of the eligible families signed up for it. So now they are running all kinds of TV ads to get people to accept this free insurance.
There comes a point when the problem is no longer the affordability or availability of healthcare, but the slothfulness and lack of responsibility of the populace.
So you could look at Colorado and show that there are 800,000 families without health insurance and it would look like we are a state whose government doesn’t care about the children. But what you might miss is that 600,000 of those families simply don’t want to bother to get their free or subsidized ocverage.
In my book, if you have cable tv and a cell phone, you can’t complain about not having coverage for your kids.