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Texas has highest number of uninsured residents in AmericaPosted On Tue, August 16, 2011
As the race for the 2012 presidential election heats up, Texas Governor Rick Perry recently announced he will be running for office next year. Boasting his state's low unemployment rate and Texas' rapidly expanding economic climate, Perry may seem like an optimal Republican candidate.
However, as many of these attributes are impressive at a time when much of the country is struggling to survive economically, Texas also has the highest percentage of uninsured residents in America, according to the Washington Post.
The national average is around 17 percent, but in Texas the rate is 26 percent. This translates to approximately 6.3 million Lone Star residents who do not have health insurance - the equivalent to the population of Massachusetts, the media outlet reports.
This vast number of uninsured Americans has been the highest in the country for more than two decades, and has continued through Perry's 11-year term.
"We literally started out in the 1990s at the end of the line and nothing has moved to change that position," Anne Dunkelberg, director of the Austin-based Center for Public Policy, told the news source. "Basically, it’s everything about our job market in the state and our public programs, that really were the formula for having low levels of coverage."
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