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Photo Of The Year: April

(1) President Obama poses with Usain Bolt backstage following a “Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative” town hall at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica (Photo by Pete Souza)

(2) President Obama’s wave aligns with a rainbow as he boards Air Force One at Norman Manley International Airport prior to departure from Kingston, Jamaica (Photo by Pete Souza)

(3) President Barack Obama delivers remarks with the help of Luther, his anger translator (Keegan-Michael Key) during the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

(4) President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for photos at the Instagram #GimmeFive photo booth in the East Room of the White House during the annual Easter Egg Roll (Photo by Pete Souza)

(5) President Obama gets a tour of the Bob Marley Museum from staff member Natasha Clark in Kingston, Jamaica (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

(6) First Lady Michelle Obama reaches out to hug a child attending the annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” event in the East Room of the White House (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

(7) President Obama shakes hands with Cuba’s President Raul Castro at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City – it was the first face-to-face discussion between the leaders of the two countries in a half-century (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

(8) President Obama greets children following the eighth annual Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride on the South Lawn of the White House (Photo by Pete Souza)

(9) President Obama, in the Rose Garden, signing the so-called doc-fix bill, which permanently ended automatic Medicare payment cuts to doctors (Photo by Zach Gibson/The New York Times)

(10) President Obama holds a baby during a U.S. Embassy meet and greet in Kingston, Jamaica (Photo by Pete Souza)

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The Insurance Race Gap Is Being Closed. Thanks, ObamaCare

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Christopher Flavelle: Obamacare Is Closing Insurance’s Race Gap

a new paper shows one place where the law has been a clear success: narrowing the race gap in health insurance. So why aren’t more Democrats shouting that from the rooftops. In 2013, the year before most of the law’s provisions for subsidized insurance took effect, non-elderly blacks were 47 percent more likely than whites to be uninsured.

For American Indians, that figure was 93 percent; for Hispanics, 120 percent. In 2014, not only did the share of whites without insurance fall; the share of blacks and Asian Americans fell by more. The difference between whites and Hispanics shrank, from 14 percentage points to 11.8 percentage points. What’s odd about the race gap isn’t its persistence, but that its narrowing isn’t more celebrated as one of the law’s accomplishments. Narrowing the race gap in health insurance counts unequivocally as progress.

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On This Day: President Obama leaves the Oval Office prior to departure for his family vacation in Hawaii, Dec. 22, 2010 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)




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