8 October 2009
An evaluation of state healthcare coverage was recently released. Looking at the map, the states that vote Democrat are clearly much better off, while those states that consistently vote Republican are at the bottom. This should come as little surprise. States that have voted in laws favoring big business tend to be . . . (drum roll) . . . great for big business (and abysmal places for the average person to live). Another interesting map is the one showing the epidemic of obesity in the U.S. In this case, the states west of the Mississippi and the New England states definitely do better (along with Minnesota, Florida, and Hawaii). It evidently helps to live some place where the water's still clean and the sun comes out occasionally. Take time to watch the animated map, showing year by year changes. It's hard to believe that the rates have roughly doubled since the 1980s. On the other hand, I remember looking at a picture of Woodstock and being struck by the fact that everyone was thin.