Thursday, November 21, 2013

Is Obamacare bad for minorities?

Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, the ACA, (whatever your favorite label) has racial implications according to NY Times "Contributing Op-Ed Writer" Thomas B. Edsall.
In addition, the Affordable Care Act can be construed as a transfer of benefits from Medicare, which serves an overwhelmingly white population of the elderly – 77 percent of recipients are white — to Obamacare, which will serve a population that is 54.7 percent minority. Over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the Affordable Care Act cuts $455 billion from the Medicare budget in order to help pay for Obamacare.
Those who think that a critical mass of white voters has moved past its resistance to programs shifting tax dollars and other resources from the middle class to poorer minorities merely need to look at the election of 2010, which demonstrated how readily this resistance can be used politically. The passage of the A.C.A. that year forced such issues to the fore, and Republicans swept the House and state houses across the country. The program’s current difficulties have the clear potential to replay events of 2010 in 2014 and possibly 2016.
I don't have any doubt that Mr. Edsall is basically correct about the racial makeup of the two programs' beneficiaries. But there's a curious assumption made that Obamacare actually makes things better. This is an assumption that is unburdened by any pedestrian things like evidence or proof.

What if the policy critics are right and that it makes things worse? Under those circumstances, wouldn't Obamacare's beneficiary racial makeup make it a favorite of the KKK/Nazi set (however big that demographic remains these days)?

So who's catering to Illinois Nazi these days?


HT: Instapundit
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