The Affordable Care Act challenged yet again in court

July 22, 2014 11:40 PM

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The Affordable Care Act was signed into law four years ago now. A great deal of time, manpower, and money has been invested in the infrastructure that the law creates, and data shows that the law is working. That is, people are signing up and people are getting care--care that they otherwise would not be getting. About 8 million people signed up during the first open enrollment period, and the data is showing that many of those who signed up were people who did not have health insurance to begin with. In fact, a recent Gallup poll showed that the total uninsured rate in the U.S. has dropped to 13.4%, from 17.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013.

But that little four-point drop does not really illustrate the impact that the ACA is having on some individual communities. You can see the difference particularly in the African American and Hispanic communities, where rates of uninsured people are significantly higher than they are among white po...

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