The Washington Post / Kaiser Health News, January 28, 2014

In the city that calls itself "America's Sweetest Town," the smell of burning sugar cane pierces the 80 degree January air. Steam billows from the 12-story U.S. Sugar Corp. factory that dominates the landscape and the economy in this region, halfway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Some describe the aroma as sweet, others as sour -- a metaphor of sorts for the Affordable Care Act and its impact on this South Florida county that has the state's highest uninsured rate. Thirty-five percent of Hendry County's 33,000 residents under age 65 lack health insurance, according to the latest census figures, much higher than Florida's 25 percent average, which is the nation's second highest state rate.

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