Study Shows Arkansas Leads Nation In Biggest Increase Of People Insured

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) - In a recent Gallup poll, 22.5% of Arkansans did not have health insurance, but after six months of the Affordable Care Act and the state private option plan, the number dropped to only 12.4%.

In 2013, Arkansas ranked 49th in the nation, follow only by Texas, for the percentage of people without health insurance. Arkansas has now climbed to 22nd in the nation, tied with New Hampshire.

Tyler Clark works as the Community Development Manager with the Community Clinic in Springdale. He said the increase of insured people in Arkansas could be related to Obamacare and more people being educated on how to sign up.

"I think it speaks to the cooperation across the state, and it speaks to our legislation, and our legislators who came together to create a unique plan," Clark said, "Since we are a state of deep poverty, we got a plan that actually made sense for Arkansas and was easily accessible, easy to understand, but also made financial sense for our legislators."

U.S. Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas said there are better options than Obamacare, including letting patients decide what doctor they want to go to for the best and most affordable care.

"Withstanding the fact that there are a lot of uninsured Americans that are now insured, and that's good," Womack said, "But at the end of the day there are still too many flaws in the Affordable Care Act, and we'll start seeing a little bit more of some of these flaws when people start getting their premium increases for the following year."

The Gallup survey was based on responses in all 50 states from January 2014 to June 2014.


  • Jimmy

    That’s horrible, all these people have health insurance now! Blasphemy! The poor shouldn’t be allowed to have healthcare! It should be reserved for the haves rather than the have nots.

    • Elaphas

      Thanks to the makers, the takers have health insurance. Nothing like being a lazy moocher huh Jimmy?

    • Arnold Fudpucker

      How much of everyone else’s money are you entitled to? What would you do if the productive people just quit like you do?

  • Elaphas

    What this “study” doesn’t show is most of these people are on Medicaid. Clark – “…made financial sense for our legislators.” But not for taxpayers you leftist dolt!

  • Jimmy

    Yea we can give billions of dollars in military support to every other country who needs but god forbid we help out our own citizens. “Spread the seeds of democracy in Iraq”, Bush said. “Help them build there infrastructure, education and economy”, Bush said. Help our own citizens out? Not a chance! Why help our own citizens out? That would be ludacris!

  • Arnold Fudpucker

    Uh Bush isn’t the president anymore so give it a rest. We are discussing present stupidity. You carry on like nothing has been spent domestically. What planet are you from because we have spent literally trillions of dollars on programs that supposedly “help the poor” and guess what…they are still poor. You can’t fix a lifestyle or cultural retardation by throwing everyone else’s money at it!
    All that said Jimmy I do agree with you in that we shouldn’t spend a penny for those foreign devils. Let the Russians bail their worthless as*^%$ out.

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