New county-by-county numbers on the uninsured have just been released by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, as reported by Bobby Calvan of the Sacramento Bee, Molly Hennessy-Fiske in the Los Angeles Times, and others.
It’s an important reminder of the full extent of the health care crisis–statewide, the number of uninsured grew to 8.4 million over the course of a year, and grew in every region.
For those of us focused on bills to implement health reform, it’s an important reminder of the urgency–especially for the coverage expansion elements, of which many don’t kick in until 2014.
Hopefully it should make political figures, like gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, think twice about wanting to repeal health reform. Or maybe not. But it’s clear that California’s health system needs all the help it can get.