A new report by the Commonwealth Fund on Obamacare shows that the law has reduced the number of uninsured within every demographic except blacks.
As Bloomberg View points out, “the share of Americans age 19 to 64 without health insurance fell from 20 percent last summer to 15 percent this spring.” Overall, the number of adults without insurance has fallen by 9.5 million and has included every race except blacks.
According to Bloomberg, here’s the breakdown among all demographics, excluding blacks:
The uninsurance rate for whites fell to 12 percent from 16 percent; for Latinos, it plummeted, to 23 percent from 36 percent. For respondents who reported their race as “mixed” or “other,” the share without insurance was cut almost in half, to 11 percent from 20 percent.
Among blacks, however, the level of uninsured is unchanged:
The exception to that trend was blacks. When the Commonwealth Fund conducted a survey from July to September last year, 21 percent of blacks reported being uninsured. This year, in a similar survey conducted from April to June, that level was effectively unchanged, at 20 percent. Blacks were about half as likely as Latinos to be uninsured a year ago; now the rates for the two groups are almost the same.
Much of this may stem from the fact that blacks disproportionately, 62 percent, live in states that are refusing to accept Medicaid expansion. Only 39 percent of Latinos live in states that have refused expansion.
Still, there are other theories available as well, such as blacks being less likely to sign up for exchanges than other groups, but given the amount of outreach that the Obama administration did with black civic and church organizations, is that even a possibility? Thoughts?