Blacks Falling Behind Under ObamaCare

Sarah Ferris, The Hill, December 16, 2014

African-Americans are less likely to see benefits under ObamaCare compared to other racial groups, according to research released Tuesday.

While Hispanics, American Indians and Alaska natives have seen “dramatic” increases in healthcare coverage over the last year, obtaining coverage has been tougher for black Americans, largely because they disproportionately live in states that have not expanded Medicaid, according to an extensive 65-page report by The Urban Institute, a nonprofit research group.

Most of the states that have not adopted a central ObamaCare provision that helps low-income people qualify for Medicaid have Republican legislatures or governors.

More than half of all black individuals and families live in the 21 states that have not expanded Medicaid eligibility, according to the report. As a result, about 1.4 million black individuals are stuck in an eligibility gap where they make too little to purchase coverage but too much to qualify for Medicaid.

The report projects that white Americans will see the biggest gains under ObamaCare, with the population’s uninsured rate falling by nearly 52 percent.

Among minority groups, Hispanics stand to benefit the most, though the population continues to have the highest uninsured rate, at about one-fifth. A total of 6.6 million Hispanics gained coverage, a jump that is expected to drop the group’s uninsured rate by about 40 percent by 2016.

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Out of the 10 states with the largest Hispanic populations, three states–Texas, Florida and Georgia–have not expanded Medicaid.

That compares to the 10 states with the largest black populations, of which only Maryland and Delaware have expanded Medicaid, according to a separate analysis by The Hill.

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If all states expanded Medicaid, the percent of black Americans without insurance would drop to 7 percent, compared to its current rate of about 11 percent.

Still, The Urban Institute says its findings show proof that ObamaCare is helping a majority of Americans.

“Even with current Medicaid expansion decisions, the ACA [Affordable Care Act] is projected to shrink many of the long-standing racial/ethnic differences in health insurance coverage,” the report states.

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  • dd121

    Blacks are going to fall behind in any environment they’re in. They can’t be educated and they can’t be civilized.

    • Scott Rosen

      And they always blame racism in white countries. I wonder what they blame in predominately black countries…

      • Anglokraut

        Legacy of colonialism.

        • Scott Rosen

          And why were they failures before colonialism? Why was the tallest structure in Africa a one story mud hut before the white man arrived? Why had they never invented anything more complex than a spear? Why had they never invented writing? It couldn’t be that they’re a hundred thousand years behind everyone else, evolutionarily speaking. Could it?

          • Anglokraut

            You’re preaching to the choir, here. I just gave an answer that is for the most part, viable. Any place that had slavery, the legacy of slavery is at fault, along with a healthy dose of White racism. If there was no slavery, but at some point in time a European country called the shots, the problem is that the legacy of colonialism (and White racism) is keeping the Black man down.

          • rightrightright

            The greatest slavers were Moslems, both Arab and Turkish, yet they escape all blame.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            They weren’t failures before colonialism. What are you talking about? Don’t you know that they were kings and queens of Africa?

            All of that history has been stolen or decimated by the white man in his furious jealousy of African excellence. True story.

            You should watch the documentary “Hidden Colors.” It will reveal to you the LIES in WHITE man’s history. Blacks invented the wheel, blue cheese, Buddha and espresso cubano. Without them, we’d never been able to drive to the nearest coffee shop for shots and a Cobb salad on our breaks, and we’d be nowhere.

          • Scott Rosen

            When I hear them speak that nonsense, I just ask them, “if Africans invented everything, and whites stole it, why couldn’t you just invent it again? Didn’t you write anything down?”

          • TomIron361

            Actually, I don’t “Civilization” is all its cracked up to be either.

          • BlueSonicStreak

            Okay, I expected all of “Convert killer”‘s comments to be deleted, but I legitimately want to know how anyone can actually say white people never built ANYTHING with a straight face.

            Didn’t build everything we CLAIM to have built? Sure, okay. Let’s have a debate. Let’s compare sources. Etc.

            …Built nothing at all?

            THIS JUST IN: Whites never built anything! The modern world does not exist! We are all living inside a cosmic hologram! Thank you.

          • Convert killer

            Mud hut???? A cracker has never built NOTHING! All original people of earth will always be light years ahead of any Animal that’s crawled out of a cave. That ice age really messed you diseased aliens UP!!!

      • dd121

        They still blame whites. Just look into the history of Rhodesia and South Africa.

      • model1911

        Colonialism.

        • Scott Rosen

          Colonialism only covers the 20th century, for most of tropical Africa, after the advent of antimalarial medication. South Africa is of course a different story, but it is also the most advanced nation in Africa.

          • Convert killer

            Hey so-called Jew. You need to read your made up history. A Jew have never did nothing but get chased out of this world and every country their dirty feet have ever touched! Useless Converts!!!

          • Scott Rosen

            You’re a slow one.

          • Convert killer

            You shouldn’t talk about what u don’t know Jew Boy!!

          • Scott Rosen

            I know you’re dumb as a hammer if you think I’m Jewish.

    • Convert killer

      We never fall behind your stringy haired cave smelling, ugly, no butt having women!!!

  • and obamacare is important to the white rights movement…how exactly?

  • Maybe Eric Holder will file a disparate impact lawsuit against ObamaDontCare.

  • Alucard_the_last

    I’m sick of hearing about the plight of the negro. All of their problems come from themselves and their immoral, gutter culture.

    • See The Future

      All of our problems come from our own inability to implement harsh measures.

      And electing one traitor after another male or female.

    • SFLBIB

      It seems that they have institutionalized failure when they accuse a successful member of their race to be “acting white.”

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “obtaining coverage has been tougher for black Americans, largely because they disproportionately live in states that have not expanded Medicaid, according to an extensive 65-page report by The Urban Institute, a nonprofit research group.”

    The Medicaid excuse is likely just that — an excuse. Obamacare, though created to redistribute money from upper and middle class whites to provide health insurance for low class blacks, is failing blacks likely because blacks are too lazy to enroll.

    It’s the same with Voter ID. We hear all these excuses why blacks can’t get an ID, but it’s really because most of the blacks without an ID are too lazy to go get one.

    You can’t help those who choose not to be helped.

  • ncpride

    obtaining coverage has been tougher for black Americans, largely because they disproportionately live in states that have not expanded Medicaid….

    Whites are expected to get their own coverage from some insurance company, while negroes are expected to get the free stuff. Of course. It hasn’t been any different in well over 50 years.

    • This means that to the extent that the “Affordable Care Act” hasn’t yet redounded to the benefit of blacks all has to do with the Medicaid expansion part of the law, not the private insurance individual mandate must purchase must issue part of the law.

      • ncpride

        Exactly. It was my understanding this was supposed to make insurance ‘affordable’ for everyone, with those making less than a certain dollar amount eligible for ‘subsides’ from the government, not completely free Medicaid.

    • Anglokraut

      It was very fortunate that Arizona finally had to expand Medicaid–I was able to see a doctor for the first time in three years because of it. Buuuut, as with any state loaded with non-Whites, it’s just a matter of time before it all comes tumbling down, insolvent.

  • Melvin Bonzarelli

    Under slavery, 100% of the slaves enjoyed completely free medical care. Paid for by their owners. No premiums, no copays, no deductibles. No long waits in the ER either. When a slave got sick, his owner sent for the best veterinarian around to care for him until he was up and around again, singing and dancing and picking cotton again like there was no tomorrow.
    Obamacare 150 years before its time

  • dave

    Blacks were never intended to live in a civilized and industrial society, and it shows.

  • Yves Vannes

    This whole act was the Anti-Whitey Lets Screw With the Medical .Care Act. Out premiums go up to subsidize the bottom feeders. Our services dwindle, our doctors open up health clubs and retire early to get out of the system. If this madness sticks we will be importing doctors within one generation the way we now import lettuce pickers.

    • HE2

      We already import doctors, Yves.
      By the thousands.

  • crockadoodle6

    So the ‘urban institute’ reports ‘…….. “dramatic” increases in healthcare coverage over the last
    year, …..’ and we are expected to believe that? If there are ‘increases’ it is because it is MANDATED. Otherwise no one would reduce the quality of care, increase premiums, increase deductibles, and eliminate choice of provider electively.

  • dd121

    You have the wrong provider if they won’t even pay for a colonoscopy. If it’s in your area, get Kaiser.

    • HE2

      dd, disagree.
      The mantra in these parts is “Kaiser Kills.” Or, Kaiser, in cahoots with funeral parlors, is “we bump ’em, you dump ’em.”
      In the Bay Area, you stand a better chance of healing while you wait because this nightmarish bureaucratic system is so oversubscribed, the non-caregivers spread so thin.
      Then, hand on door knob, cursory 10 minute visits with a foreign trained indecipherable English speaking clinician who never makes eye contact because he/she cannot stop typing on the computer.
      If you are lucky, you see an actual physician, not a lesser trained NP or PA.

      Those of us in the know, realize it is the wave of the future for U.S. “we do not care and will prove it” medicine.

      • dd121

        In California maybe they should get back to building Liberty ships. Here in Colorado it seems to be run very efficiently. The computerized patient record keeping may become the standard. The doctors I know seem to like working there because all they do is patient care and don’t have to worry about running a business.
        It does seem to be getting a bit over subscribed but I don’t know the numbers. They keep building new outlier offices to increase capacity.
        We’ve never had any problem in getting specialists when needed and I had my primary care guy from when he got out of med school to when he retired.
        From what you say, I don’t think I’d be a member of the Calif. system either.

        • HE2

          I hate being a Cassandra, but give it time, dd.
          Kaiser Permanente has existed in CA since Henry J established a healthcare program to accommodate his industrial workers in the 40’s.
          That your Kaiser is already oversubscribing, expanding, building more structures is a sure sign.
          Yes, they will eventually centrally computerize CO.
          Every word you say will be typed into the doctors’ laptops while you are speaking which is really a distracting PITA.
          In spite of this seemingly efficient centralization, doctors too often fail to establish a mutually agreed upon coherent treatment plan with other doctors. Things seem to fall between the cracks.
          Patients succumb to disorganization; a doctor treating one diagnosis, another treating something else.
          Synergistic or antagonistic effect meds taken concomitantly can be lethal. And that happens.

          • dd121

            I see your concerns but so far we haven’t had the problems you describe. Blue Cross and other plans that are available to us have considerable paperwork and for certain major illnesses a 20% deductible. Also, the premiums are about double Kaiser.

          • HE2

            dd, I would love to be wrong about this.
            I want the best for you and yours.
            Kaiser has been present in CA for a long time. Plenty of time to devolve.

            Here in the Bay Area, they serve a difficult demographic and are forced to cover indigent medicaid patients.

            Those factors must certainly interfere with quality.

  • Sheik Yerbouti

    The title was finished at “Blacks falling behind”. This will be the norm from now on thanks to the left’s plan to import new voters. With this action blacks have been assigned into a permanent underclass status that barely 1% of them will rise above.

    Blacks don’t care because they think the Hispanics also hate whites the way they do. They don’t. Sure, they prefer their own cultural enclaves, but they are far from militantly anti-white the way blacks have become. I can’t put all the blame on their white handlers though.

    Blacks should have the basic human capacity for knowing right from wrong. Hating an entire race of people is wrong. Even if they are white.

  • SFLBIB

    You might want to check this out for future reference:
    “The Man Who Was Treated for $17,000 Less”
    by Jeffrey Singer
    Aug. 21, 2013
    online. wsj. com/news/articles/SB10001424127887324139404579017113415486176

  • Ella

    Does 17-20K p/y fall under “affordable care” for a family of four??? I keep my cars for 10 plus years so why should I hand over this amount to crooks?

  • Paleoconn

    They’d srill vote for their caramel messiah at a 99% rate.

    • Anglokraut

      Given their rate of voter fraud, I’d say that rate should be at least 103%.

  • HE2

    An affable, intelligent young man who works behind the counter as a pharmacy tech at our drug store told me he required hand surgery to correct a painful “trigger finger,” aka tenosynovitis.

    The procedure was same day in/out, performed at a surg-center. Total bill, $16,000, an inflated ripoff charge if there ever were one.

    Though Obama Care insured, he told me his co-pay bill is $4,000. He was shocked.

    To pay such a huge sum, arrangements for incremental payment were necessary.
    He can only afford $100/month.
    So much for “affordable care.”