Health care reform or a war on minorities? (The Hill)

The White House has just released a plan to curry favor with African Americans and Hispanics for the 2010 election. What’s remarkable is that they can do that so soon after declaring war on low-income and minority Americans with their health care reform law. A process that began admirably—to increase access, decrease costs and encourage quality—was jettisoned for $474 billion in direct bailouts to health insurers, $500 billion in Medicare cuts, 17 million new enrollees in the already bankrupt Medicaid system, and a new tax penalty estimated to impact millions of middle class American families. And the group given the fewest crumbs in this unfolding disaster? The same Americans who are always told “we’ll fix it tomorrow”— low-income and minority groups.

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