Monday, April 18, 2016

Solve Economic Inequality? Obamacare Helps.

Obamacare passed without a single Republican vote. And that's because?

The poor and minorities got helped. We failed again.

Overall, the Affordable Care Act remains marginally unpopular among Americans at large, but among those that it helped -- poor whites and blacks, the less educated, Latinos and other minorities -- it's very popular. Why? Because it helped:
LOS ANGELES — The first full year of the Affordable Care Act brought historic increases in coverage for low-wage workers and others who have long been left out of the health care system, a New York Times analysis has found. Immigrants of all backgrounds — including more than a million legal residents who are not citizens — had the sharpest rise in coverage rates.
Hispanics, a coveted group of voters this election year, accounted for nearly a third of the increase in adults with insurance. That was the single largest share of any racial or ethnic group, far greater than their 17 percent share of the population. Low-wage workers, who did not have enough clout in the labor market to demand insurance, saw sharp increases. Coverage rates jumped for cooks, dishwashers, waiters, as well as for hairdressers and cashiers. Minorities, who disproportionately worked in low-wage jobs, had large gains.
Remember my mantra: If a politician is up for election whom you know helped with health, housing, education, and jobs, vote for 'em. Otherwise, trash-heap 'em.

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