2014.06.09【英译中】The New York Times"特克萨卡纳:站错队的无保险"

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In Texarkana, Uninsured and on the Wrong Side of a State Line

特克萨卡纳:“站错队”的无保险


On a hazy, hot evening here, Janice Marks ate a dinner of turkey and stuffing at a homeless shelter filled with plastic cots before crossing a few blocks to the Arkansas side of town to start her night shift restocking the dairy cases at Walmart.

在一个忙碌而炎热的傍晚,简妮思.马克思吃完了火鸡晚餐,整理一下除了简易床再无空间的临时棚居,然后穿过几个街区,到镇子属于阿肯色的一边,开始她的晚班工作----为沃尔玛的乳品柜补货。

The next day, David Tramel and Janice McFall had a free meal of hot dogs and doughnut holes at a Salvation Army center in Arkansas before heading back to their tent, hidden in a field by the highway in Texas.

次日,大卫Tramel和简妮思.麦克福在阿肯色的救济中心领到一份免费的热狗和炸甜甜圈,然后返回他们隐藏在德克萨斯高速公路边上的野外帐篷。

None of the three have health insurance. But had Ms. Marks, 26, chosen to sleep on the side of town where she works, or had Mr. Tramel and Ms. McFall, who are both in their early 20s, made their camp where they had eaten their dinner, their fortunes might be different.

他们三人都没有医疗保险,但是,如果26岁的马克思选择睡在她工作所在的镇子一侧,或如果二十来岁的Tramel和麦克福在她们吃晚饭的地方扎下帐篷,她们的命运也许就不一样了

Arkansas accepted the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act. Texas did not.

阿肯色接受平价医疗法案中的医疗扩大化政策,而德克萨斯未接受。


That makes Texarkana perhaps the starkest example of how President Obama’s health care law is altering the economic geography of the country. The poor living in the Arkansas half of town won access to a government benefit worth thousands of dollars annually, yet nothing changed for those on the Texas side of the state line.


这使得特克萨卡纳成为奥巴马医改法案的一个典型,鲜明的反映出其对国家经济环境的改变。住在阿肯色一半的低收入人群通过政府渠道每年可获益数千美元,而在德克萨斯州界一侧的人却没有丝毫改变。

After the Supreme Court decided in 2012 that states could not be compelled to expand Medicaid to cover more of their low-income residents, many politicians voiced fears that the poor in states that opted out of the expansion might flood into states that opted in.

Thus far, 26 states and the District of Columbia have chosen to extend Medicaid, encouraged by the promise that the federal government will shoulder 90 percent of the cost indefinitely. The others — including Texas — have so far declined.

But none of the low-income Texarkana residents interviewed realized that moving to the other side of town might mean a Medicaid card. In fact, health researchers and those who work with the poor expect very few Americans to move between states to take advantage of the law.


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