Yes, But What If Texas Were Healthy?
Yes, indeed -- when it comes to health care, says the Commonwealth Fund, Texas ranks ahead of only Nevada, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Mississippi. The full study's here for those looking for context, but for Texans all the bad news is right here -- five pages full of charts documenting all that ails Texas's health care system, which ranks last in access and equity, which is what researchers call the "differences in how well the health care system functions for people based on their income level, health insurance status, and race/ethnicity." But what you see above is the what-if chart -- as in, what if Texas sat at the top of the pops? On a related note, Vermont's lovely this time of the year.