Sunday, September 13, 2009
"Gang of Six": The privileged few holding up health reform
Just dug up some interesting info on the "Gang of Six" Senators on the Finance Committee who are holding up passage of health reform with a public option; all data is from U.S. Census Bureau 2008 numbers:
These six states(Iowa, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming and Maine) total less than 3% of the U.S. Population (2.75% to be exact), and 5 of the 6 states are over 90% white* (with the sole exception of New Mexico with its sizable Native American population - 84% white). Each state has a black population of LESS THAN 3%, which comes in at under one-fourth of the 12% black population of the country as a whole. * Max Baucus' Montana is 0.7% black (less than 1%), while Kent Conrad's North Dakota shows a black population of just 1.1%.