Why Obamacare Is Good for Poor Whites

Lack of affordable health care affects impoverished whites more than blacks -- and most of them live in red states.

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These are the very people the Affordable Care Act was designed to help. But they remain the "invisible poor" as Republicans in Washington abandon governance for obstruction. Instead of helping those most in need, they've chosen to shut down government, make steep cuts to programs like food stamps and remain hell-bent on dismantling universal health care -- the chief legislative achievement of the first African-American president.

Edward Wyckoff Williams is a contributing editor at The Root. He is a columnist and political analyst, appearing on Al-Jazeera, MSNBC, ABC, CBS Washington and national syndicated radio. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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