The American Interest
Analysis by Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Blue States Spend More on Health Care While Reds Save

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If you want cheap health care, go to Utah. That’s just one takeaway from this infographic at the WSJ, which charts average health care spending across the country. Washington, DC, spends the most, at $10,349 per person, and Utah the least, at $5,031. Check out the whole graph to see the spread and how it correlates with the costs of different kinds of care, including hospital visits and obesity.

One general trend is that health care is, on average, cheaper in red states than blue states. For example, Massachusetts and Vermont, states whose health care systems closely resemble that of Obamacare, both show up near the top of the list, while the mostly red states of the South and Mountain West come in near the bottom. There are some exceptions to the trend: California is cheaper than the Dakotas, and Alaska spends more than New York. But the overall pattern is clear.

Data like this points to the benefits of federalism. Allowing states to experiment gives us useful information when it comes to figuring out what is working and what isn’t.

People are already flocking to red states. This data points to health care costs as one more reason to join them.

Published on April 9, 2013 3:00 pm
  • ojfl

    Federalism is the beauty that was created by the Founders. And I see it being undermined every single year with an ever increasing federal government. I wish politicians would try to revert the trends by moving more and more tasks to the states and let them compete.