Over 1 million Washingtonians have no health insurance, and unfortunately, Obamacare is their only realistic hope for getting coverage. Millions more will see real benefit from important consumer protections built into the law. That is the conclusion of an important new report just released by Mike Kreidler, the Washington state Insurance Commissioner.
As the graph above shows, the lower your income, the less likely you are to have health insurance. People without insurance in Washington State are usually working, but simply earn too little to afford the medical coverage they need, even when working full time. Their employment is the gateway to their poverty, instead of a way to earn their way out. That is why medical coverage must eventually be decoupled from employment status.
Read the report itself for a county by county breakdown of what we will lose if the Affordable Care Act goes away.