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Ok, the bottom really, since more people without health insurance isn't the kind of thing you brag about. New Gallup data
finds that among southern states, Tennessee trails only Louisiana in the percentage-point increase in uninsured residents since last year.
As the chart shows, we do relatively well among southern states (and 22nd nationally) in the overall percentage of residents lacking insurance, but Tennesseans are among the "leaders" (read: losers) in diminishing coverage. Nationally, only five states experienced a larger percentage-point increase in the uninsured: Nebraska (5.1), New Mexico (4.3), Utah (3.8), New Hampshire (3.4), and Louisiana (2.7).
It's another health care triumph for our health-care-expert governor!