Poor healthcare exists in the United States and there are 13 states to prove it (*). The map at the left is from the Commonwealth Fund and it is an aggregate of many measures of healthcare quality. Mississippi is the worst — perhaps the State should be listed as a 3rd world country!
So just to make the point a little sharper here is the list of States in the bottom quartile and the Governors.
|Arkansas||Asa Hutchinson **||R|
|S. Carolina||Nikki Haley||R|
|W. Virginia||Earl Tomblin||D|
So, how to look at the data? Do the above States just have a lot of health problems or just ineffective State government. Sadly, the answer is both.
*D.C. Radley, D. McCarthy, J.A. Lippa, S.L. Hayes, and C. Schoen, Results from a Scorecard on State Health System Performance, 2014, The Commonwealth Fund, April 2014.
** New Governors just elected for 2015