The overall health insurance coverage by race and by plan of coverage.
Health Care to be Addressed by President Obama
Published Monday, May 11th, 2009
In an effort to influence the Health Reform that President Obama is determined to initiate, hospitals, insurance companies, drug makers and doctors will voluntarily slow their rate increases in coming years, potentially adding up to $2 trillion in spending reductions over 10 years. 6 major health groups pledged to cut the rise in health care costs by 1.5 percentage points each year. This move will help provide health insurance to the growing 50 million who now have no health insurance. Obama’s plan is estimated to cost the federal government $1.2 to $1.5 trillion over 10 years, only half of that has been accounted for by the White House. Health groups who discouraged the health reforms prescribed by the Clinton administration seem to be coming forward to help President Obama for a variety of reasons.
By 2007, overall annual consumer expenditures for Private and public health care has reached 1.2 trillion and 1.02 trillion respectively. The difference in public and private expenditures has not always been so wide; between 1977 and the present, the range has slowly grown wider, except between 1994 to 2000 where private shrank and public grew. The number of uninsured has grown from 14% in 2000 to 15.3% of the population in 2007. The percentage includes the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which has grown from 3.4 million in 2000 to 6 million in 2005. Most prone to be uninsured are minorities, who are disproportionately uninsured at 24.5-21.8% and those who of 18-44 years of age. All of which has lead to a steady increase in government health care rolls from 10.3% in 2000 to 13.2% in 2007.
Disparities Continue in Minority Communities
Published Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
In President Obama’s inaugural speech, he stated that “We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united.” In the United States minorities make up 33% (Hispanics 15%, Black 13.5% and Asian 5%) of the population where in 67% of the population is Non-Hispanic White. The strides that minorities have overcome are remarkable, but some inequalities still exist.
As for Educational Attainment, in 2006 the Hispanic population experienced the lowest high school degree attainment percentages—55%—of all minorities, other minorities came in at 83% of the Asian Community and 74% of the Black Community. The White community held the highest percentage of HS degrees at 85%. The average income for the white families averages to $54,920, Black families earned $33,916, Hispanics families earned $35,000, and Asian families earned $52,000 annually. Health Insurance coverage varies widely with both White and Asian communities holding the first and second place with nearly 80% privately covered, yet 49% of the Black community and 50% of the Hispanic community holds private coverage. Regarding public health rolls, the Blackcommunity has 24.5%, compared to 21.8% of the Hispanics. The uninsured percentage of the two groups is at 19.7% and 32.7% respectivly. The greatest disparity is crime, in which the Black community at 13% of the population experiences 49.3% of the total murders and is imprisoned 3200 out of 100,000 of its own population.
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