The Insurance Race Gap Is Being Closed. Thanks, ObamaCare



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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48 Responses to “The Insurance Race Gap Is Being Closed. Thanks, ObamaCare”

  1. 10 COS
    December 22, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Great news NW, Thanks.

  2. December 22, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you sooooOOOOooOOOOoooOOOoooOOooooo much Nerdy!!

  3. 14 gobrooklyn
    December 22, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    How y’all doing?

  4. 18 Vicki
    December 22, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you, Nerdy, for highlighting the stupendous success of Obamacare!

    it is a good measure of how bigoted and ignorant large parts of this country are that millions of people living more healthy and secure lives is a reason for them to whine in despair.
    Repeal and replace are code words for hating to share.

    • 19 jackiegrumbacher
      December 22, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      You’ve got that exactly right, Vicky–“repeal and replace are code words for hating to share.” They are also ways of saying that the African American man in the White House can be allowed a win, no matter how overwhelming the evidence or how good for the country.

    • 21 Dudette
      December 22, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      I like the concept and the dancing is beautiful, but somehow the choreography doesn’t seem to match the music. It’s almost like they were dancing to something and the video editor decided to dub in Queen’s song instead. Maybe it’s just me.

  5. 23 JER
    December 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm

  6. 25 Vicki
    December 22, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    The DNC is now claiming that the weekend debates are because ABC and CBS wouldn’t schedule a Democratic debate on a weeknight.

    I bet that MSNBC, CNN, Fox Business, CNBC, Public TV, and so on etc, etc, etc would have been thrilled to broadcast any day and time.

    DNC stands for “Defeat, Not Championship.”

  7. December 22, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    Good day TOD

    Hope all of you are well and enjoying the holidays.

    Way too busy with work to post at least until the 24th.

    Take car.


  8. 27 Linda
    December 22, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Viewers are noticing the extreme amount of airtime that CNN and MSNBC are devoting to Donald Trump, and they don’t like it.

    Over 200,000 viewers have signed a petition telling the two cable networks to stop promoting Trump’s “racist and homophobic” campaign.


    • 28 Sandy1110
      December 22, 2015 at 7:08 pm

      Hopefully they’re following through and turning the channel if they see him come on, and encouraging others to do same.

      As with other things, loss of revenue is the only thing that sends a message to corporations and their interests. Appeals to shame, decency or morality won’t work.

    • 29 sjterrid
      December 22, 2015 at 8:57 pm

      I stopped watching MSNBC a long time ago.

  9. 31 57andfemale
    December 22, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Kasper came through the surgery great. They removed all the bladder stones. It can take as long as two weeks to get the results of what kind of stones they are. He can come home maybe as early as 8:00 a.m. tomorrow! He will be able to do the bungalow stairs, just no running or jumping. and of course, keep him quiet while he has the stitches.

    • 32 jackiegrumbacher
      December 22, 2015 at 4:33 pm

      Great news, 57. Looks as if you and your whole family will have a happy Christmas.

    • 33 Vicki
      December 22, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Mazel Tov, 57. So glad to hear that both your babies are on their way to recovery.

    • December 22, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      Absolutely fantastic news 57, he’s a mighty warrior!! Everything is working out beautifully for your four-legged buddies!

    • 35 MadameSoph
      December 22, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Yay! Kasper 🙂

    • 37 otter44
      December 22, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      so happy for you and Kaspar. I hope that you can relax and sleep tonight.

      • 38 57andfemale
        December 23, 2015 at 9:27 am

        We have an emergency and specialty care facility 5 minutes from us. They saved Kasper’s life when he was attacked by a pit bull. They have a full surgery facility and that’s where we took him, rather than our one-man-shop vet even though he is very good.

        Kasper had a “personal” nurse until the shift change and then another personal nurse. We could call anytime we wanted to check on him (I called at 4:00 a.m.) We could have visited but he would have been upset when we left.

        He should come home this morning.

        Thanks for all your good wishes.

    • 39 jacquelineoboomer
      December 22, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Yay! You can relax a bit now, 57!

    • 40 sjterrid
      December 22, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      That’s great news that Kasper’s surgery went great.

  10. 41 JER
    December 22, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Just met President Obama while in Hawaii!!! Wow what an amazing trip!! 🇺🇸

    A video posted by joniseboyd (@joniseboyd) on

    • December 22, 2015 at 7:24 pm

      Had that been me I would either have thrown myself around his neck and they would have had to use the jaws of life to get me off, or I would have fainted and fallen all the way down the mountain. Or possibly what I did when I met Paul Newman, which is stand and gawp like a lunatic while he shook my hand.

  11. 43 JER
    December 22, 2015 at 4:45 pm

  12. 44 Vicki
    December 22, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Here is what I think is Trump’s “special sauce.”

    First trump uses the GOP so-called Southern Strategy. Which means whites preferred.
    Build a wall, on southern border only, naturally.. Accept no refugees from Middle East or Africa.
    Repeal that equality providing Obamacare. repeal repeal repeal

    So far, so good, says the GOP establishment.

    Here is the catch.
    Trump assures his supporters that Medicare and SS will be safe. Unchanged and protected. No increased age eligibility requirement.

    That is why Cruz and Rubio, let alone Jeb! or Christie have no shot against Trump
    Zero. NO chance.
    No matter what polls say. People ashamed to admit they are voting for Trump will lie to pollsters.

    Unless something wildly unforseen happens Donald Trump has already won the GOP nomination.

  13. 45 CEB
    December 22, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Just received a notice about my benefits package (retired) for 2016; second year in a row in which there has been NO increase in costs and I still have all components of a great plan. Thanks, Obama!

  14. December 22, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Excuse me, but did I miss the time when anybody has really celebrated any of PBO’s accomplishments, except for about two minutes after the ACA was passed?

  15. 48 Nena20409
    December 22, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Congrats Yardarm on your Gold ⭐
    Thank you, NW on your continued passion in Front-Paging ACA’s Successes. 🍸

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