In pushing Obamacare, the White House is focused mostly on these 25 cities

The 25 cities targeted by the administration in its Obamacare push. (Laris Karklis/Washington Post)
The 25 cities targeted by the administration in its Obamacare push. (Laris Karklis/The Washington Post)

In its effort to get people signed up for the president’s health-care reform law, the White House is primarily focusing its efforts on just 25 cities.

The cities, listed below, were chosen because they are home to the largest populations of uninsured individuals, at least in the three dozen states where the federal government is running the health insurance marketplace. Six of the cities are in Texas, four are in Florida and two each are in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The remaining 11 are each in different states.

Focusing such efforts is a no-brainer. Earlier this year, the Associated Press reported that half of the nation’s uninsured lived in just 116 counties — roughly 3.7 percent of the nation’s 3,143 counties. Half of uninsured 19- to 39-year-olds — a demographic coveted by health-care providers looking to expand their risk pools — live in 108 counties, according to that report.

Here’s the full list of the 25 cities the administration focused on:

  1. Dallas, TX
  2. Houston, TX
  3. Miami, FL
  4. Atlanta, GA
  5. Phoenix/Tucson, AZ
  6. Northern Jersey, NJ
  7. Tampa, FL
  8. Orlando, FL
  9. Detroit, MI
  10. San Antonio, TX
  11. Philadelphia, PA
  12. Austin, TX
  13. St. Louis, MO
  14. Indianapolis, IN
  15. Charlotte, NC
  16. Pittsburgh, PA
  17. New Orleans, LA
  18. Cleveland, OH
  19. Jacksonville, FL
  20. McAllen, TX
  21. Oklahoma City, OK
  22. Milwaukee, WI
  23. Nashville, TN
  24. Columbus, OH
  25. El Paso, TX
Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.
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