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Republican states would benefit most from Obamacare, study shows

Republican states have the most to gain from Barack Obama's landmark health-care bill, according to a study by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

The study ranked Republican states highest on a list measuring the number of uninsured adults who would receive health care under an expanded government-run Medicaid program. Kentucky leads the list with eight other conservative states in the top 10, including West Virginia, South Carolina and Mississippi. These states supported Republican presidential nominee John McCain in 2008 and are expected to favour Mitt Romney this November. (The one exception is Oregon, ranked second, which supported Mr. Obama in 2008.)

The map below is colour-coded by the presidential election results from 2008 – blue states voted for Mr. Obama and red states supported Mr. McCain. The green dots show the top 10 states that would benefit from the health-care bill.

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StatePer cent reduction of uninsured adultsVoted for ObamaVoted for McCain
Sources: The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured; The New York Times
Interactive by Stuart A. Thompson

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