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Republican Health-Law Opposition Defies District Coverage

Republicans represent more U.S. congressional districts with below-average health insurance coverage than Democrats, an irony amid a partial government shutdown triggered by a law designed to expand coverage. Nationally, 14.7 percent of the population lacks health insurance. Traditionally lower rates of voter participation among minorities and those with lower incomes means Republicans in these districts don't feel a political threat from the uninsured.

Published Oct. 14, 2013

Republicans hold more districts with insurance coverage below the national average

Number of districts where the
percentage of uninsured people is
above the national average

Democratic districts with the highest percentage of uninsured people

Republican districts with the highest percentage of uninsured people

Congressional districts with health-care coverage below the national average

Source: Bloomberg analysis of 2012 American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau)

GRAPHIC: ALEX TRIBOU / BLOOMBERG VISUAL DATA