How Much Should You Be Spending on health disparities uf minor?
- October 18, 2022
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So what if you’re not even born black? I’m not talking about the way that African-Americans are currently underrepresented in the medical workforce or the fact that there are still large numbers of African-Americans who are not considered fully “normal” by society’s standards. I’m not talking about the way that society as a whole would prefer women to be more like men than women are like men.
A recent report found that the rate of women dying before their 40th birthday increased from 11.1% to 13% during the past decade. Black women have a higher risk of dying before their 40th birthday than any other racial group, but the rate remains substantially higher than white women. One can’t help but wonder if this is just another example of the inherent racism of the United States that keeps women from enjoying the same quality of life.
If we’re going to talk about racism, the statistics also show that black women are five times more likely to be born into poverty than white women and that black people of color are more likely to be poor than white people. The reason why this disparity exists is not because of prejudice or bigotry, but because a lot of the black people who don’t end up poor don’t know how to go about earning a living.
That’s why the Affordable Care Act was passed. It took the federal government out of the health insurance industry and allowed people of color to get the health insurance they need to live a good quality of life. In addition, the ACA mandates that every qualified person in America have health insurance regardless of their ability to pay, and makes it clear that the federal government is going to take care of those who cant pay for it.
For people who can afford to pay for insurance, the ACA provides subsidies to help pay for it. Basically, the government will help you get the coverage you need, but you’ll have to pay a little more for it.
This sounds great in theory, but this is only true in theory. In reality, the ACA has created a situation where many people are unable to afford insurance, and also where many people who can afford insurance are not covered. In one state, people are required to pay for their own insurance on the ACA’s subsidized exchanges, but they dont have to pay the subsidy to do so. Essentially, the ACA is forcing people to pay for the coverage they dont want.
The ACA is just one example of how the Affordable Care Act has created an unhealthy environment. There are many other, more subtle issues, ranging from the ACA’s lack of transparency and its inability to adequately provide care to a lack of quality care. One of the most troubling issues that I see and hear about is the fact that young children who are uninsured are often forced to choose between their education and their health, and may end up being forced to choose between college or the uninsured.
I’ve personally seen such a scenario play out. My sister was taking a sociology class at UC Santa Barbara when she got a call from the school demanding that she transfer to another class because she was an undocumented student. It was a nightmare.
The problem with this scenario is that when a student is forced to transfer they are not allowed to have a doctor, therefore they can’t get any medical insurance. They are forced to choose between their education and their health. This situation could potentially be compounded when it comes to youth with special needs.
My niece has been having issues with her teeth and a specialist at UC Santa Barbara has been recommended to help her. She is in the process of getting a temporary care to ease her pain. If I were to write about the situation I would say it is very concerning and should cause concern for the entire community of Santa Barbara County. Of course, this is not to say that there is no cause to worry.