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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And according to a new economic gauge published by Oxford University Press, economic insecurity among whites is increasingly pervasive, affecting more than 76 percent of white adults by age 60. Economic insecurity is defined as a year or more of periodic joblessness, income below 150 percent of the poverty line and reliance on government aid such as food stamps. Sociologist often call this group “the invisible poor” because the misguided media meme and metanarrative is that black and brown people are the face of poverty in America.

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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