The effects of being uninsured are less clear in immediate health outcomes because in this country those in the lowest income range are covered by Medicaid. It is those in the low to middle income range who are most likely to be uninsured. Texas ranked 5th for those within 200% of poverty with 36.1% and New Mexico was ranked second with 39.9%. All of this data was from the census bureau from 2007 except the infant mortality data. New data will be available from the Census Bureau for the State and the County level for 2008 and 2009 which should give an indication of the effect the recession is having on the uninsured.
Lewis Black rips on Rick Perry for ripping on New York State but forgets to mention the uninsured in Texas. New York State has 15% uninsured, 30% withing 200% of poverty, a life expectancy of 79 and a per capita income of $47,000. Not exactly cause for celebration. Warning there is profanity in the clip.