Here’s a good question about the effects of any expansion of federal spending on health care, which is being opposed so strongly by conservatives: Could it actually result in more federal dollars headed to treat medical problems in the red states?
A newly-released Gallup survey measures healthy and unhealthy behavior by people in all the states.
The top 11 healthiest-behaving states are: Vermont, Hawaii, Montana, California, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Maine, Delaware, Idaho, Wyoming and Oregon. The bottom 11 least healthy states: Kentucky, Arkansas, West Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, Alabama, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Illinois and Louisiana. (It apparently would have been top ten, but there are ties for the 10th position.)
So of the healthiest states, seven of them voted for Barack Obama. And of the least healthy states, seven voted for John McCain.
Keep in mind, this is even after you figure that the upper-Midwest, where Obama hails from and performed strongly, is a wasteland of deep-fried cheese curds and frozen custard.