The Fallout of an Obamacare Implosion

On Monday, WalletHub, a personal finance website known for its research reports and free consumer tools, posted their findings about health care across the fifty states plus the District of Columbia. Overall, while the United States is fairly progressed in terms of its capacity to provide high-quality health care to citizens, the country is continually surpassed by other wealthy nations in measures such as coverage and life expectancy. Additionally, expenses for health care in the U.S. are hardly diminutive. According to recent estimates by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the average American spends approximately $10,000 per annum on individual health care alone.

The main bulk of the report, however, focused on the disparities of health care between the different states. While health care has drastically improved over the past decades, the cost and quality of said health care can wildly differ between Alabama and Arkansas, New York and Nevada, and so on. Using three categories (cost, accessibility, and outcomes), as well as thirty-five metrics, analysts were able to create a list ranking the fifty states plus the District of Columbia in terms of their quality of health care. Here, we’ve compiled the top ten best and the bottom ten worst. Take a look and see if your state falls in one of the extremes.

    Best

  • Hawaii (BEST)
  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • District of Columbia
  • Connecticut
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island

    Worst

  • Nevada
  • Florida
  • Alabama
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • Arkansas
  • Alaska
  • Mississippi
  • Louisiana (WORST)