More Than One-fourth Of American Families Faced Financial Burden Due To Medical Costs

MSNBC’s Tweet About Biracial Families May Be More Wrong Than You Thought

One-fourth of those 139 percent below the federal poverty level had a hard time finding the cash for their medical bills, compared to just 6.4 percent of people who made at least four times the poverty level. Karen Pollitz, a fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told Bloomberg that the Affordable Care Act will help lower medical bills for some people. About 48 million Americans were uninsured before the ACA. However, to make up for the costs, insurance companies had to raise minimum deductibles, and many families dont have the funds to cover that. Unpaid medical bills is the number one reason why families declare personal bankruptcy, Pollitz, who has studied this topic but was not involved in the CDC research, told Bloomberg. It causes people to lose equity in their homes, to endanger their retirement and their kids college education.
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The implication was clear: conservatives are more racist than others are. Amid the outrage, retractions, corrections, apologies, and rolling heads (MSNBC fired the employee responsible for the tweet) one question is left lingering in the tweets aftermath: is there any evidence to support the idea that conservatives, or liberals for that matter, are more likely to oppose biracial families? The answer, according to one social scientist, is almost certainly no. But thats just where things start getting interesting. Using data from the most recent (2012) biennial General Social Surveya large-scale sociological survey of U.S. residentsNorthwestern University law professor and social scientist James Lindgren crunched the numbers for The Volokh Conspiracy, a law blog hosted by The Washington Post, on mixed-race families and found that 9.5% of Republican families are mixed-race, compared to 11.2% of Democratic families, a statistically insignificant difference. On the other hand, 11.9% of self-avowed conservatives live in mixed-race families, according to Lindgren, while 11.4% of liberals doagain, statistically insignificant, but with the edge in the other direction, probably because African American conservatives are still likely to be Democrats.
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