Republicans shed crocodile tears over health care

George Curry | 12/2/2013, 1:28 a.m.
Republicans have no shame. After House Republicans voted more than 40 times to block implementation of what they derisively call ...
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It added, “Prices for the 30 most commonly used prescription drugs were a third higher in the U.S. compared to Canada and Germany, and more than double the amount paid for the same drugs in Australia, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.”

The new law will give Blacks more access to health care.

A report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, titled Health Coverage for the Black Population Today and under the Affordable Care Act, found: “Nationwide, just over one in five (21 percent) of Blacks do not have health insurance. However, the likelihood of being uninsured varies widely across states, ranging from 9 percent of Blacks in Delaware to 30 percent in Louisiana. Uninsured rates for nonelderly Blacks are particularly high in the South. The largest uninsured nonelderly Black populations reside in Florida (718,800), Texas (613,100), and Georgia (594,600). In addition, Blacks comprise a large share of the uninsured population in the District of Columbia (52 percent), Mississippi (48 percent), and Louisiana (42 percent).”

As much as Obama, in his words, fumbled the ball, there is no reason to forfeit the game, especially in the first quarter.

George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service. He is a keynote speaker, moderator and media coach. Curry can be reached through his website, http://www.georgecurry.com.