Anti-Obamacare Republicans Have Killed 17,000 Americans (and counting...)
There's no other way to put it. Red state governors and legislators are killing their own people just so they can keep throwing their mass hissy-fit over the Affordable Care Act.
This chart is titled The GOP's Obamacare Death Toll: Projected Body Count by State. It's not pretty.
The chart lists every state that's under Republican control. For each of these states it shows the number of uninsured before the Affordable Care Act, the number of post-ACA uninsured, the number that could have been insured through a Medicaid opt-in, and a high and low estimate of the number of needless deaths.
The 17,000 deaths — from the title of this post — are the high estimate (17,106). The low estimate is 7,114. So to be as fair as possible, the GOP's anti-Obamacare jihad may have only killed 7,000 instead of 17,000.
But in any case the death toll will continue climbing. And what goes around comes around.