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July 22nd, 2009
01:01 PM ET

Blacks, Hispanics biggest losers if health care reform flops

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/07/13/obama.congress.health/art.obamarose.gi.jpg caption="Should Pres. Obama's health care reform effort fail, Hutchinson writes that blacks and Hispanics would be especially affected."]
Earl Ofari Hutchinson
For New America Media

If President Barack Obama’s drive for some form of universal health care falters the biggest losers by far will be blacks and Hispanics.

Blacks and Hispanics make up nearly half of the estimated 50 million Americans who have no health care insurance, according to a report by the Commonwealth Fund. But the danger signs for reform are real. A Washington Post/ABC News poll found that public support for Obama’s plan is decreasing.

This is no surprise.

The instant Obama announced he would make health care reform his defining issue reform opponents kicked their attack into high gear. The two hit points are that it’s too costly and too intrusive – meaning that it will snatch from Americans the right to choose their own doctors and health plans and dump health care into the alleged slipshod, inefficient hands of government bureaucrats. The real fear of private insurers, pharmaceuticals and major medical practitioners is that they’ll have to treat millions of uninsured, unprofitable, largely unhealthy blacks and Hispanics.

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  1. Andy Beeze

    Always throwing the race card into every issue. This tatic is old and I for one am sick of the seperating americans. The question should be why is this bill going to hit some groups harder then others. Address these problems seperatly, after all isnt this about healthcare if we address healthcare as how it pertains to seperate groups rather then how it will affect the nation, we will never get this bill done . It is a constent battle in America pitting rich against poor, white against black, this has to stop. America wake up and stand together what is best for the whole of america.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:40 pm |
  2. Cee

    A few days ago, you aired a story with Dr. Gupta showing that healthcare was racist. THIS IS ERRONEOUS AND NOT TRUE. I am a nurse in NYC and we give equal and top quality care to all our patients all across the board. In fact, when your on the floor you really do not have any idea of what kind of insurance the patients have, whether they are on medicare or whatever insurance they are on. That has all to do with billing services, which we, on the front line of the health care continuum do not deal with. All patients get the same high quality of care regardless of race, or how the bill is being paid or even if it gets paid.

    Programs like what you showed causes a lot of havoc with patients. They come to the hospital feeling that they won't get cared for because of their race or insurance thus loosing the trust with the healthcare professional right from the outset. Without that trust, it is difficult to gain compliance from patients to set them on the right foot toward better health. When you air shows like these you make it more difficult for us to take care of patients and for the patients to help themselves get into a better state of health.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  3. lampe

    I am an AA women, who is a Democrat, and I do not think that this HealthCare Reform bill is right. And from the looks of things there are alot of Democrats, who think the same way. So for all of you being ignorant and saying "It's just the Republicans who don't want this," WAKE-UP! PAY ATTENTION! Maybe you'll learn something.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  4. Frank Corrado

    I have been administering care in a predominately Hispanic area for 21 years. These are hard working people who pay taxes, and most have health insurance through their employers. Something must be done for those who cannot afford to pay, but this bill isn't it. It is a bloated system destined for ever increasing costs and poor service. It will also encourage employers to reduce or drop coverage since the government will pick it up. This will be a disaster for the majority of my patients who have employer supplied coverage.

    Hello Congress, back to the drawing board please.

    July 22, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  5. SandraWI

    I think this headline says it all "Blacks, Hispanics biggest losers if healthcare reform flops. Yeah, no racist agenda here. (right)

    July 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  6. David

    It's time to wake all ignorant americans up. Religious driven conservatives , money hungry repulicans as well as bigots and white trashes are pissed off right now! Health care reform is necessary, health care has turned into profit driven business and it is toxic to our country.

    When it comes to abortion, I want to see what republicans and pro life groups will do when their loved ones get raped and pregnant and don't have money or their state won't allow abortion of any kind. This is just backward ignorant mentality that poisons our society just becuase you care about fetus more then baby once it's out.

    July 22, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  7. Ruby Coria LA., CA.

    I'm going to be watching "black in America" tonight, because if the blacks think they have it bad, just change color to a little lighter & things from the white side, really gets bluntly rude! White, Black, Yellow, brown= get all of them a glass of water.

    July 22, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  8. mary gribbin

    The Plutocrats of the Bush admin ripped the rest of us off. It's time for them to pay back They SHOULD pay for our health insurance- are they not the ones gaining from our suffering RIGHT NOW !!!
    If Capitalism is such a sacred cow for the Plutocrats, why not use tools to keep them honest toward the rest of us?
    Why is anyone in the senate caring about the few instead of the many? Do they really think that they, or any of us will ever be a plutocrat? I don't think so- so get a clue, and look out for the many that elected the fools instead of plutocrats who wouldn't spit on them if they were on fire!
    PUBLIC OPTION HEALTHCARE NOW!!!
    looking for payback girl

    July 22, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  9. RLWellman

    That puts it around 23-25 million black or hispanic people, right? This number seems to keep raising all the time.

    The total number is around 46-48 million uninsured. There is around 18 million who can afford insurance, but refuse to buy it. How many of these are black or hispanic? 14 million are able to sign up for medicaid, but haven't yet. How many of these are black or hispanic? There is supposed to be 10-12 million illegal aliens included in this number. These are mosltly hispanic and why are they included in our health care numbers is beyond me.

    This leaves around 8 million people who can't afford health care. How many of this number is black or hipanic? So why does the government need to supply insurance to the rest of us? It's all for control. That's over you and me.

    July 22, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  10. Gilby-HI

    This is not true. CNN you are missleading your readers and thisis why you are lossing readers.

    July 22, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  11. joe

    I hope someone is listening! Why is the American public allowing this President to both create irrevocable harm with huge debt levels for future generations as well as targeting the working/educated population of this country as his meal ticket. Has everyone lost sight that this leader (I use that term lightly) has never been involved in creating any legislation and now he is pressuring the country to pass tremendous reform with little more than a few weeks time to review it. IT IS MANIC BEHAVIOR. He is only pursuing such a strategy because the Dems control both t he House and Senate, but to date everything he has pursued has failed. A leader is not someone who just spends money on many types of ideas (TARP, TALF, PIIP) hoping something sticks so he can say his is right, a leader is someone who is decisive. WE all have serious issues in this country and it is not the time to now talk about Health Care; where are the jobs he promised? Where is the "green economy"? All he has done, due to his naivety, is put this country in unimaginable debt, make us beholden to China that we actually entertain conversations of a "Global Currency", and has made us the laughing stock of N. Korea. I beg America, create balance in the House and Senate in the next election so true, thoughtful legislation may be passed. Stop this President's Manic behavior and/or just refuse to pay taxes. If we, the target masses of Mr. Obama for his funding needs stand together and stop paying taxes and/or form a "working America rights group" maybe he will understand that he is destroying this country. You have all worked hard for what you have, why are you letting a socialist take it from you? Change is needed, he was not it! Restore balance to the political system, one party should not govern with an iron fist.

    July 22, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  12. Mike in NYC

    White taxpayers foot the lion's share of the tax/debt bill for everything now, and will do so after a health care bill is passed.

    Blacks and Hispanics have higher rates of obesity than Whites. Excess weight greatly increases one's chances of developing a wide range of serious illnesses, and you can't blame that on racism. (Not that it hasn't been tried.)

    Is it just my imagination, or has CNN been riding the "race" horse particularly hard recently?

    July 22, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  13. Cindy

    The biggest losers will be all of us if this health care reform passes! The countries who have it have a higher death rate in cancers and other diseases than we do. Also if it is so great then why did Italian Prime Minister Burlisconi come to America to have heart surgery instead of having it done for free there? In fact why have many people come here for surgeries when they can get it for free there or where ever else they have nationalized health care? They do because there's a huge waiting list to see specialized doctors and here there aren't. Plus we have way better care. That's all about to change if this reform happens.

    Cindy..Ga.

    July 22, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  14. Roger Alcoser

    Profit should not be allowed on ill or poor citizens, or at least regulated to reasonable amount. that goes for Insurance companies, Drug copanies, Hospital and Drs. The Insurane companies underwriters should not be between the DRs and patients and dicide what treatment we are allowed to recieve. The Fed. gov. is currently running Medicare and managing it quite will !! We the people will being waiting way to long and can not wait another day. Tax all my sweets and junk food. more people die because of the lack of Health Ins. Less people would die with gov. option. Roll back the Tax cuts the rich received under Republican.
    I approve of Presidents Obama to date 07/22009

    July 22, 2009 at 1:15 pm |