News in Brief

first_imgOn December 11 Unife and UIC signed an agreement to jointly publish Technical Recommendations which will form voluntary standards applicable to European rolling stock.Russia will become the 44th member of OTIF with effect from February 1. The Cotif convention governing international rail transport will initially apply between the port and station in Baltiysk, and from the Ust-Luga port to the station at Luzhskaya. Further lines may follow. EU regulation EC 1371/2007 setting out passengers’ rights came into force on December 3. It covers liability for passengers and luggage, insurance and non-discriminatory access.The European Passenger Train & Traction Operating Lessors Association has been formed by train leasing firms Angel Trains (UK), Angel Trains International, HSBC Rail (UK) and Porterbrook Leasing. Boise Valley Railroad in Idaho was launched on November 23. Watco Transportation Services subsidiary BVRR serves 84 customers shipping potatoes, timber, fertiliser and fuels on two leased UP lines totalling 60 km. The full Southeastern High Speed domestic service between London St Pancras and destinations in Kent via High Speed 1 was launched by UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown on December 14. Preview services started in June. On December 14 EBRD announced a €15m loan to Montenegro‘s rail infrastructure manager ZCG Infrastruktura to fund modernisation of the 57 km Niksic – Podgorica line. A €950000 grant is being provided by EBRD’s Western Balkans Fund and the French government. Saskatchewan Highways & Infrastructure Minister Jim Reiter formally opened the Canadian province’s 10th short line on October 15. Last Mountain Railway received a C$1·6m provincial loan towards the C$5·1m purchase of a 108 km former CN route. The NWRT Hungary subsidiary of Czech open access operator OKD-Doprava has bought a 90% stake in Hungarian private industrial railway Balatoni Iparvasút. The remaining 10% is held by freight forwarding company G.Transport 96. Border checkpoints at Soyuznoye and Irtyshskoye have been closed under an agreement for Kazakhstan and Russia to transfer ownership of railways forming part of one country’s network but cutting through the other’s territory. Oyster smart cards used on Transport for London metro, bus and light rail services will be valid for ‘pay as you go’ travel on rail services in Greater London from January 2. Coalcorp Mining has begun carrying coal from its La Francia mine in Colombia to Santa Marta using its own wagons on the Fenoco line, in which the mining firm owns an 8·43% stake. Unloading is undertaken by Vale. A further €293m for TCDD’s Ankara – Istanbul high speed line project was included in Turkish infrastructure financing agreements totalling €718m signed by the European Investment Bank on December 10. Through services between Beograd and Sarajevo were restored after an 18-year gap with the December 13 timetable change. Czech competition authority UOHS has approved CD Cargo’s purchase of a further 22% stake in CD Logistics from Viamont Cargo for an undisclosed price, giving CD Cargo a 56% stake.last_img read more

Ohio State Pro Combats

first_imgActual PicsDon’t get the flat grey look that all around lately. Looks bad. Maybe I just am too old to “get” it though. Is it any wonder that none of these designs hold up in the real world?Navy’s is pretty awesome. BBTV Posted October 22, 2011 Posted October 22, 2011 Link to post Sign in to follow this   All Activity 16,001 2,517 Recommended Posts Posted October 22, 2011 Location:Tampa Bay Sports Logos Link to post ShlyKBMT There’s no pleasing people… 17,646 posts Sports 2,657 posts 13,075 0 Posted October 22, 2011 Members 54 0 3,760 Sports Logos 3,760 lol, BrandMooreArt was right. It’s a very nice jersey, but Nike pretty much botched the rest of the uniform. It’s like they didn’t realize that the wide-ass stripe on the UGA PC helmet was ugly, so they put it on the OSU PC helmet. Why does Ohio State get pro combats every season? NIKE better relax with all that or else Oregon is going to think they’re cheating on them. 3,760 Members BrandMooreArt Favourite Logos:USFL’s Florida Tuskers good lookin jersey. shame about the rest of it 2,517 545 posts Link to post TaylorGangorDie Share on other sites Members Sonny Share on other sites sonny Share on other sites sonny Ohio State Pro Combats 8,670 This topic is now closed to further replies. Members Share this post TBGKon 3,583 Link to post Link to post TFoA Link to post Posted October 22, 2011 Ohio State Pro Combats 54 lol, BrandMooreArt was right. It’s a very nice jersey, but Nike pretty much botched the rest of the uniform. It’s like they didn’t realize that the wide-ass stripe on the UGA PC helmet was ugly, so they put it on the OSU PC helmet.Look up the uniform history of the Buckeyes and you’ll comprehend this uniform design. It isn’t a ripoff or clone of the UGA pro combat uni….this one has a history and makes sense.Still looks ugly, IMO. 0 0 8,670 Members TBGKon Share this post Link to post 2,517 Share this post Location:San Antonio, Texas Posted October 22, 2011 Share on other sites Posted October 22, 2011 Posted October 22, 2011 2,517 Location:Chelan Seattle Share this post 37,658 posts 0 Hooray baseball Link to post 16,001 JohnnySeoul BrandMooreArt JohnnySeoul TFoA 5,026 0 6,236 posts 5,923 posts By TBGKon, October 22, 2011 in Sports Logo News Posted October 22, 2011 MJWalker45 Posted October 22, 2011 Share on other sites Location:Columbus, OH 54 Members SportsLogos.Net 5,026 Share this post infrared41 Sign in to follow this   SportsLogos.Net Link to post Posted October 22, 2011 hawk36 Posted October 22, 2011 Share on other sites Is it any wonder that none of these designs hold up in the real world?Navy’s is pretty awesome.Agreed. I think Navy could adopt thier Pro Combat, make a road uniform to match, and they’d be on thier way.Ohio State’s is very “meh” to me. The jersey is okay, but the set altogether just doesn’t work for me, regardless of historical significance (and this is coming from a huge fan of throwback-inspired uniforms). Grand Pooba of Walksylvania Share this post TaylorGangorDie MJWalker45 oldschoolvikings Members Posted October 22, 2011 Location:Tampa Bay Location:The DMV Banned oldschoolvikings 19 0 Link to post 2,517 Share on other sites Share on other sites 73 hawk36 4 Share this post 0 Location:Cincinnati 0 Sport Share on other sites Favourite Logos:Put it on a fitted cap, I’ll probably love it. 0 Link to post DC in Da House w/o a Doubt 19 9,114 posts 3,583 73 Actual Pics Initialisms Suck Sport Link to post 3,353 lol, BrandMooreArt was right. It’s a very nice jersey, but Nike pretty much botched the rest of the uniform. It’s like they didn’t realize that the wide-ass stripe on the UGA PC helmet was ugly, so they put it on the OSU PC helmet.Look up the uniform history of the Buckeyes and you’ll comprehend this uniform design. It isn’t a ripoff or clone of the UGA pro combat uni….this one has a history and makes sense. Share this post Go To Topic Listing Link to post Share this post Members 13,075 All Activity 16,001 what the hell is ccslc? Share on other sites Share this post 0 Members TaylorGangorDie Why does Ohio State get pro combats every season? NIKE better relax with all that or else Oregon is going to think they’re cheating on them.Because people eat them up and they sell well. People are stupid. One victory is that at least they’re not wearing them against Michigan this year. 0 3,353 0 0 0 54 Graphic Designer 0 Hooray baseball Sports Logo News Favourite Logos:I have some. Share this post 5,070 posts 0 28,352 posts Link to post DC in Da House w/o a Doubt infrared41 118 Share this post Share this post Share this post 0 Share this post Location:Louisville, KY 118 I’ll reserve judgement until I see them in action. In the publicity shot, it doesn’t look too bad. We’ll see if the look holds up in a game. I thought Boise State’s “pro combats” (God I hate that term) looked really good when I saw the publicity shot for them. When I saw them in action in the Georgia game I thought they looked awful. I think that happens a lot with the “pro combat” uniforms. The publicity shots make them look better than they are. 514 posts 54 Location:Atlanta TFoA 0 Posted October 22, 2011 Displaced Washingtonian Posted October 22, 2011 Members Location:Indiana > Miami 0 18,007 3,353 Members The helmet is actually correct as well as the pants. The jersey is just the standard Pro Combat rolled out by Michigan State. TaylorGangorDie Share this post 0 Members 0 46,552 posts Share this post Posted October 22, 2011 Share on other sites Moderators Share on other sites 0 Members TFoA Favourite Logos:Put it on a fitted cap, I’ll probably love it. Link to post 0 Because we signed a 4 year deal with Nike to have them, so obviously, there will be one more round of them. Kind of funny to think that all 4 years I’m here that we’ll have pro combat jerseys. Followers 0 Share on other sites 118 834 posts 4 Moderators 0 AshlyVYPE Share this post Is the sleeve stripe like a racing stripe or a wide stripe like the helmet?It’s a thin-er stripe. To get a good estimate on the size of it, you would just take the size of the grey on the sleeve collar and turn it sideways and then double it. Share on other sites Favourite Logos:ASU “Sparky”Jazz music note wordmarkBlue Jackets “Stinger” Oregon “Donald Duck”Scottish Claymores primary Share on other sites Share on other sites 4 Posted October 22, 2011 DCDuck Share on other sites Forums Home Location:Atlanta 22,252 posts 12,787 posts Location:detroit 8,670 18,007 28,352 posts 514 posts knnhrvy16 Location:Currently Salt Lake; soon to be Jackson, MS. Posted October 22, 2011 54 DCDuck 19 Is the sleeve stripe like a racing stripe or a wide stripe like the helmet? Share on other sites 18,007 Share on other sites Followers 0 Location:Location Location Link to post Forums Home Looks ok. I don’t like the darker grey, but the jersey is looking good. Share this post 0 2,019 posts 5,026 73 knnhrvy16 13,075 Saw this on Facebook via Lids.com 2,517 TBGKon TBGKon Ohio State Pro Combats Posted October 22, 2011 BBTV 0 Link to post Link to post ShlyKBMT 0 26,439 posts 17,646 posts Moderators Members I’ll reserve judgement until I see them in action. In the publicity shot, it doesn’t look too bad. We’ll see if the look holds up in a game. I thought Boise State’s “pro combats” (God I hate that term) looked really good when I saw the publicity shot for them. When I saw them in action in the Georgia game I thought they looked awful. I think that happens a lot with the “pro combat” uniforms. The publicity shots make them look better than they are.I agree with you on the insulting term “pro-combat” as well as the fact that these things always look better in the cheesy digital mock up. Nike has a ton of money… they really should consider putting together actual, physical prototypes, dressing a few different body types in them, and getting a look at them, moving around. The photoshopped publicity shots are such a joke… they’re like superhero bodies and comicbook poses. Is it any wonder that none of these designs hold up in the real world? 3,583 Sports Logo News Link to post Memberslast_img read more

Stanford Block “S” with Tree updated

first_imgUpgrade. Got rid of the oulines in the inner part of the S. I was trying to come up with some Nike-speak for the changes, but it’s hard to do with this one.The rings of the S were removed and placed unseen inside the bark of the tree, its age hidden because the Stanford tree is the rare species that stands the test of time better than even the sturdiest of redwoods…Best I could come up with on the fly. Got a little lost in the middle there. Location:Charlotte, NC razorback447 Cujo Share on other sites 668 Sign in to follow this   623 623 I really liked the helmets they wore in their bowl game this year. Hopefully they keep those in the rotation going forward. Prev Share this post 2 368 1,844 2,975 Share this post Good on Stanford for the much needed cleanup. I’d actually like to see them use the tree logo on their helmets full-time.On a related thought….What if the Cardinal dropped the BFBS for Stanford Tree Green?Well, it’s definitely not worse!That’s…..not bad looking.Red facemask instead maybe? 54 Boo! 623 10 14,123 posts Favourite Logos:Islanders Fisherman Share this post 1 Members 54 Link to post 60 Location:Earth Share on other sites 8-Team College Playoff Advocate Posted January 31, 2015 Share this post 0 Good on Stanford for the much needed cleanup. I’d actually like to see them use the tree logo on their helmets full-time.On a related thought….What if the Cardinal dropped the BFBS for Stanford Tree Green?Well, it’s definitely not worse!looks like a winner for a Xmas time uni. I thought Stanford should have gotten the OU Bring the Wood alts. 0 Posted January 28, 2015 154 1 482 91 sᴘᴏʀᴛsʙᴀʟʟ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴇɴᴛᴇʀ 31,030 posts 668 sleuthpanther 1 Share on other sites Recommended Posts Posted January 28, 2015 Members Posted January 28, 2015 Agreed great update getting rid of the awkward outlines in the middle. I’d love to see them use this logo a lot more Posted January 30, 2015 Upgrade. Got rid of the oulines in the inner part of the S. I was trying to come up with some Nike-speak for the changes, but it’s hard to do with this one. 13,322 posts 2,975 4,212 lahaye7 CLEstones 1,901 posts Cleveland for President. 4,212 Members Location:Somewhere in between time and space Favourite Logos:Hartford WhalersSeattle SeahawksMonster EnergyUIC Flames1994-99 Houston Astros1998-2010 Golden State WarriorsSan Jose Sabrecats Wow… that’s actually extremely awesome. And I can’t think of another team off the top of my head that uses green and red and like that. Link to post Posted January 31, 2015 Link to post Share this post Share on other sites 4,212 Share this post Link to post Sports Logo News Members 399 154 Posted January 31, 2015 Stanford Block “S” with Tree updated This topic is now closed to further replies. Share this post 54 60 BigRed618 763 BigRed618 Forums Home Members 763 Link to post Posted January 30, 2015 Lets try just a green shirt to start and see how it compliments the white helmet with red S and green tree, first.Y/N?IMO, 23987 times better than BFBStanford. Followers 0 Share this post Posted January 30, 2015 668 Shadojoker 4,212 5,747 posts 1,466 lilben777 Link to post 0 368 Upgrade. Got rid of the oulines in the inner part of the S. I was trying to come up with some Nike-speak for the changes, but it’s hard to do with this one.The rings of the S were removed and placed unseen inside the bark of the tree, its age hidden because the Stanford tree is the rare species that stands the test of time better than even the sturdiest of redwoods…Best I could come up with on the fly. Got a little lost in the middle there.You did good. That’s pretty much the general cadence of Nike trying to justify their crazy ideas. Page 1 of 2   CLEstones 2,254 posts Share on other sites Share this post 0 Link to post All Activity Members WSU151 623 668 623 Cleveland for President. Share this post Share this post Members In all kinds of weather 668 394 Next razorback447 154 Share on other sites Share this post CubsFanBudMan Posted January 30, 2015 Share on other sites 668 Sign in to follow this   Share on other sites 0 ohryan Share this post Good on Stanford for the much needed cleanup. I’d actually like to see them use the tree logo on their helmets full-time.On a related thought….What if the Cardinal dropped the BFBS for Stanford Tree Green?Well, it’s definitely not worse!That’s…..not bad looking.Red facemask instead maybe?Baby steps. Lets try just a green shirt to start and see how it compliments the white helmet with red S and green tree, first. 394 Members See Red What a great update!It’s still a tree and a block S though. Posted February 1, 2015 Share on other sites Upgrade. Got rid of the oulines in the inner part of the S. I was trying to come up with some Nike-speak for the changes, but it’s hard to do with this one.The rings of the S were removed and placed unseen inside the bark of the tree, its age hidden because the Stanford tree is the rare species that stands the test of time better than even the sturdiest of redwoods…Best I could come up with on the fly. Got a little lost in the middle there.It’s a travesty if we don’t see some hanger effects next year symbolizing the tree bark’s tendency to protect and defend its sacred tree against all outside forces of nature and other schools with non-plural nicknames. 1,643 posts Stanford Block “S” with Tree updated Link to post Share on other sites Good on Stanford for the much needed cleanup. I’d actually like to see them use the tree logo on their helmets full-time.On a related thought….What if the Cardinal dropped the BFBS for Stanford Tree Green?Well, it’s definitely not worse! Link to post 1,844 Posted January 28, 2015 I liked the old one. I like the new one. I think I like the new one better… Not sure why though. Members Fifty8_Black O Members Location:Denver, Colo. sᴘᴏʀᴛsʙᴀʟʟ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴇɴᴛᴇʀ Members 8,685 Members 603 posts Members Share on other sites 399 Spearhead 482 1 0 368 763 Sports Logos 31,030 posts Posted January 30, 2015 0 All Activity Share on other sites ohryan What if there were no hypothetical questions? 399 0 CLEstones 0 Members 2,699 posts Link to post Link to post Location:Tampa, FL 394 CLEstones Share this post 1 60 0 Ry 2,068 posts Sports Logo News 2,975 Share this post 1,712 posts 330 posts I honestly dont see much of a difference. Its like I’m watching the many faces of Queen Elizabeth. 1,466 Share this post 8,685 Share on other sites Coast2CoastAM2006 482 Coast2CoastAM2006 10 8-Team College Playoff Advocate Posted January 30, 2015 Share on other sites Member No. 14 sleuthpanther Share this post lahaye7 2,254 posts 0 CubsFanBudMan Posted January 28, 2015 Share on other sites Location:DC area 4,212 pianoknight 91 Members Share on other sites 3,074 posts Location:Eugene, OR 4,972 posts The symbol was updated slightly in August 2014.NewOlddid they also change the shade of red? the newer logo seems darker than the older one. Yes, the red was deepened to represent the iconic deepening of the fall leaves on Stanford’s historic campus. 1 Go To Topic Listing Link to post Share on other sites Posted January 30, 2015 Link to post 861 posts Share on other sites Followers 0 I honestly dont see much of a difference. Its like I’m watching the many faces of Queen Elizabeth.The middle of the S is where the difference is. Looks much, much better to me. 1,466 lilben777 Location:Republic of Texas Link to post Ry 7,233 posts Fifty8_Black O Link to post 0 SportsLogos.Net Members Cujo 4,212 Members Link to post 10 1,844 Location:Denver, Colo. 17,487 posts By Ry, January 28, 2015 in Sports Logo News The symbol was updated slightly in August 2014.NewOlddid they also change the shade of red? the newer logo seems darker than the older one. Link to post Link to post 1 The symbol was updated slightly in August 2014.NewOld Share this post Page 1 of 2   Location:Utah Posted January 30, 2015 See Red Location:Candler, NC Members WSU151 Members Share on other sites Prev Posted January 30, 2015 Link to post sleuthpanther Stanford Block “S” with Tree updated 91 pianoknight SportsLogos.Net Lets try just a green shirt to start and see how it compliments the white helmet with red S and green tree, first.Y/N?IMO, 23987 times better than BFBStanford.Agreed, that’s a great change of pace uniform for Stanford 0 Doing it the Leon Phelps way!!! Cujo Share this post Members Cujo Posted February 1, 2015 Link to post 8,685 0 Spearhead Next 623 2 Share this post Sports Logos Shadojoker 0 sleuthpanther 1,901 posts Posted February 1, 2015 Share on other sites Forums Home last_img read more

Wellington can’t quite come up with the upset, losing to Buhler 19-7

first_imgW- Vargas 1 run (PAT good) Passing: Wright 7-16, 50. Vargas 2-7, 21. Total: 9-23-71. 0 int. B- Elliott 1 run (PAT no good) Rushing: Elliott: 24-47, Miller 7-31 Neill 4(-17), Gentery 3-25. Total: 38-86 Buhler660719 Punts: Wellington 7 Buhler 8 Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Zander Vargas on a punt return and there were plenty in this game. Above, Zane Cornejo hugs his father Jamie after a heart-breaking loss.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Anyone who fills out an NCAA Tournament bracket knows that when a No. 14 seed knocks off a No. 3 seed that is considered a huge upset.Wellington, the No. 14 seed, woulda, coulda, mighta pulled off that upset with a few lucky breaks and without one major blunder — losing to Buhler 19-7.How close of a game was it statistically? Wellington had 195 yards to Buhler’s 205 in this first-round game up north. This game was decided by the intangibles.Wellington had just two turnovers in the game. But the first one was huge. The thing is it happened in the first 15 seconds. After starting at its own 22, Wellington was called for a hold backing itself up to the 9. Then, Wellington fumbled and Buhler was sitting at the 1 yard line. The clock hadn’t even reached the 11:30 mark of the first quarter.Sam Elliott, no relation to the Hollywood star (or at least we don’t think) then plundered in for the touchdown. Buhler led 6-0 after the missed PAT pass and the few Wellington fans who were there took a deep breath thinking this was going to be a long evening. But it wasn’t.Wellington held tough the rest of the ball game and Buhler’s two other scores came late in both halves.This game was a battle of the defensives. Both teams combined for 15 punts – seven of them by Wellington. Heck, there were only three plays that went for more than 20 yards. The two teams combined for 15 first downs, with Wellington getting six.Travese Love with a 16-yard reception, Wellington’s second most productive offensive play of the night. After that first-quarter gift, Buhler could generate little offense. And in the second quarter with 3:16 left in the second, the game was still 6-0. Then came the run.Wellington was at the 15-yard line, when Zane Cornejo started his marathon jaunt. What started as a simple dive up the middle turned into a Marshawn Lynch Beast Mode moment, that included a stiff arm here and a bounce off a tackle there. By the time Cornejo finished his run he was at the 1. On second down, Zander Vargas would sneak in for the touchdown. The Karsten Gill PAT kick made it 7-6 Wellington.Buhler still had time to recapture the lead, and it got a 40-yard pass reception to move deep into Wellington territory. But the red Crusader defense stiffened and Buhler was soon facing a 4th-and-20 go-to-goal after a Silas Popplewell sack.Then Cade Miller hit Kahalewai McDowell on a 20-yard pass who barely crossed the goal line for the score. Buhler led 12-7 at the half.The third and most of the fourth quarter was basically a punt exchange. Then late in the game, Buhler would complete a 59-yard drive with a Austin Gentery 19-yard touchdown run at the 4:06 mark to give the maroon a 19-7 lead.Wellington did get a spirited drive to midfield, but would eventually turn the ball over on downs. The red Crusaders finished the year at 2-8 and lose a slew of seniors.For the most part, Wellington had two seasons. It started with five futile games in which it appeared clearly overmatched. Then the second half, in which it went 2-2, Wellington looked like an upper-tier Class 4A team. Even Wellington’s 23-7 loss to Mulvane last week was better than any of the first five games. Penalties: Wellington 4-28, Buhler 6-50. Receiving: Love 2-29, Popplewell 3-18, Buckman 2-17, Cornejo 1-10, Soles 1-(-3). B- Gentrey 19 run (PAT good) B- Elliott 1 run (PAT no good) Team totals: Wellington07007 First downs: Wellington 6 Buhler 9 Wellington Passing: Miller- 6-11-106, 1 int. Neill 2-8-13, 1 int. Total: 8-19-119, 2 int. Wellington: Rushing 124, Passing 71. Total: 195. Buhler 19 Wellington 7 Buhler: Rushing 86, Passing 119. Total: 205. Turnovers: Wellington 1, Buhler 2. B- Miller to McDonnell 21 pass (PAT no good) Rushing: Vargas 7-14, Rusk 12-31, Cornejo 5-88, Wright 5-(-6), Buckman 1-3. Total: 30-124. Buhler Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Federal data show health disparities among states

first_imgJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | The slow rollout of a new federal health insurance marketplace may be deepening differences in health coverage among Americans, with residents in some states gaining insurance at a far greater rate than others.The demarcation may be as simple as Democrat and Republican.Newly released federal figures show more people are picking private insurance plans or being routed to Medicaid programs in states with Democratic leaders who have fully embraced the federal health care law than in states where Republican elected officials have derisively rejected what they call “Obamacare.”On one side of the political divide are a dozen mostly Democratic leaning states, including California, Minnesota and New York. They have both expanded Medicaid for lower-income adults and started their own health insurance exchanges for people to shop for federally subsidized private insurance.On the other side are two dozen conservative states, such as Texas, Florida and Missouri. They have both rejected the Medicaid expansion and refused any role in running an online insurance exchange, leaving that entirely to the federal government.The new federal figures, providing a state-by-state breakdown of enrollment in the new health care program through November, showed that the political differences among leaders over the initiative are turning into differences in participation among the uninsured.Even though many conservative states have higher levels of poverty and more people without health coverage, fewer of them may receive new insurance, said Dylan Roby, an assistant public health professor at the Center for Health Policy Research at the University of California, Los Angeles.With the patchwork implementation of the federal health care law, “the gap will exacerbate,” Roby saidThe U.S. Health and Human Services Department reported this week that 364,682 people had signed up for private coverage through the new health insurance marketplaces as of Nov. 30 and an additional 803,077 had been determined eligible for Medicaid.But the rate of residents gaining health coverage was more than three times as great in the states embracing the federal health care law than in those whose leaders have resisted it.In the dozen states embracing the overhaul, more than 50 percent of those who applied for coverage picked an insurance plan or were eligible for Medicaid. That rate was barely 15 percent in the two dozen states that aren’t cooperating in the implementation of the federal health care law.“It’s very frustrating,” said U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat who voted for the federal law only to see it twice rebuffed in a statewide vote and repeatedly rejected by her home state’s Republican-led state Legislature.“The political point has trumped the services that Missourians need,” McCaskill said.In Texas, which has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the U.S., the GOP-controlled state Legislature opted not to create a state-run insurance marketplace and Republican Gov. Rick Perry also declined to expand Medicaid to cover more of the working poor. As of the end of November, just 14,000 Texans had signed up for insurance through the federally run marketplace and fewer than 17,000 of the nearly 245,000 applicants on the exchange had been determined to be eligible for Medicaid.State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, a Democrat from San Antonio who chairs the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, said he nonetheless remains optimistic about the meager numbers.“To know that there are people who, despite those odds, are still enrolling is encouraging,” Fischer said.In California, which also has a high uninsured rate, more than 107,000 people had picked an insurance plan through the state-run marketplace as of the end of November, and nearly 182,000 others had been determined eligible for Medicaid. That means nearly two-thirds of the 448,133 individuals who applied through the insurance exchange could gain some sort of coverage.Federal grants in California have helped finance TV and radio commercials, billboards, bus signs and town hall meetings encouraging people to participate in the new health insurance marketplace.That sort of promotion has been lacking in many of the states that have refused to run their own insurance marketplaces.In Missouri, where a law forbids the government from implementing an insurance exchange, a coalition supporting the marketplace delayed its promotional campaign because of the technical troubles that marred the launch of the federal website.“We didn’t want to drive people to a frustrating experience,” said Thomas McAuliffe, a policy analyst at the nonprofit Missouri Foundation for Health.Now, advocates for the federal law face a steep challenge to implore people to sign up by Dec. 23, which is the deadline to be covered by health insurance policies that take effect in January.“When we look at enrollment numbers, we’re obviously going to lag behind, because in many parts of the state there’s still a sense that Obamacare is not going to help me — even by the people it’s going to help the most,” McAuliffe said.Heather McCabe, an assistant professor of social work at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, said the low enrollment numbers in many states raise questions about whether people are turned off by the problematic website, don’t know they’re eligible to use the exchange or have found the policies unaffordable.“If the answer is that people still don’t understand what the exchange is and how to use it, then the answer is we need to do education and help people better access the system,” she said. “But if the answer is that the premiums are too high, then we have an issue that’s a little more difficult to deal with.”___Associated Press writers Will Weissert in Austin, Texas, and Rick Callahan in Indianapolis contributed to this report.last_img read more