Courtesy The Atlanta Post
President Obama achieved one of the most historic measures that this country has seen when he signed the health care reform bill (i.e. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010), which will result in health care coverage for over 30 million additional Americans and lower costs for most Americans. Passage of health care was controversial and the conflict has yet to be settled because congressional members have pledged to move forward in efforts to defund the health care bill.
Generally, politicians who oppose health care reform have cited costs as being the driving motivator behind their disapproval of the bill. However, a recent study suggests that economics are not the only reason for opposition to health care. The Greenlining Institute, a multiethnic public policy, advocacy and leadership institute, conducted a report to explore whether race is a factor in the health care backlash. Although data from the 2008-2010 American National Election Survey found that 44.3% were in favor of health care while 35.8% did not, the report states that “there was a substantial racial component to support the measure.” There were only 38.4% of whites that supported health care, while 78.6% of blacks, 52.6% of Latinos and 43.6% of people from other racial backgrounds all supported it.
According to the study, one possible reason for racial difference in support of health care may be due to the inequality that exists between whites and people of color.