Why “Obamacare” is a Win for Black Youth

By Austin Thompson BYP 100 

A New Healthcare Law in Town

Despite right-wing opposition, black youth have a chance to change the course of history by mobilizing our communities to enroll in the new Affordable Care Act’s healthcare insurance marketplace. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare” is a new law championed by President Barack Obama that offers health care insurance to more than 40 million people for the first time. An extremely disproportionate amount of the uninsured are African-Americans who receive less preventive care and have worse health outcomes than whites. Our families still need medical treatment so we often end up in the emergency room or urgent care for advanced illnesses that drive-up healthcare costs and are often too little too late. Until now, the high costs of coverage contributed to an apartheid health care system that is both immoral and wastes a ton of money that could be going elsewhere. The ACA is rooted basic values African-Americans and most Americans in general share. Every human being deserves the best possible care that improves our quality of life and saves money over the long-term.

Mitt Romney: NAACP Audience Wants “Free Stuff”

Yesterday, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke before the NAACP.

Things were going fairly well until he mentioned that if elected he’d repeal “Obamacare,” eliciting boos from the audience.

Responding later to the NAACP audience’s reaction (which he admits to having expected all along), Romney said, “Remind them of this: if they want more stuff from government, tell them to go vote for the other guy — more free stuff. But don’t forget, nothing is really free.”