Take a Road Trip to Obamacare’s ‘Barren’ Counties


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WASHINGTON, DC – There’s no better way to see the country than by taking a road trip, right? This summer, you’ll want to head out to the counties in rural America that are poised to have zero Obamacare insurers next year.

More than 40 counties are set to have no insurers available on their Obamacare exchange. And as many as 1,200 counties – 40 percent of counties nationwide – could have only one insurer in a state’s marketplace next year.

This is a real problem, affecting real people, in real communities. And there are some important stories to be heard out on the road.

So, if you’re getting outside of the beltway bubble to visit Washington state, Missouri, or Ohio this summer, be sure to check out some top roadside attractions in these ‘barren’ counties.

Unfortunately, in these counties there are the same number of Acela stops as there are insurers: zero.

Oldest Concrete Street in America
Bellefontaine, OH (Logan County)
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The Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum
Logan, OH (Hocking County)
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First Oil Well in North America
Caldwell, OH (Noble County)
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Ice Cream Cone Building (Kris and Kate’s Ice Cream)
St. Joseph, MO (Buchanan County)
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Home of Sliced Bread
Chillicothe, MO (Livingston County)
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“Big Mouth,” World’s Largest Coal Shovel
Rich Hill, MO (Bates County)
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Almost Bavarian Town
White Salmon, WA (Klickitat County)
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