The individual mandate to buy health insurance, the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare is Law!
The court ruled that the mandate is constitutional. The government will be allowed to tax people for not having health insurance.
The court said in the ruling, “The Affordable care act’s requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably characterized as a tax. Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness.”
The law also allows a child to stay on their parents insurance until age 26. Republican are furious but this is great news for all Americans, especially great news to the millions of Americans who are uninsured. And for people of color and women of color, today is great victory. Here are just a few examples of the benefits of Obamacare to communities of color:
While women of color represent 36.3 percent of the U.S. female population, they account for 53.2 percent of uninsured women. In 2014 up to 10.3 million women will gain insurance coverage when Medicaid expands its eligibility to include people with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty level
• Women of color have disproportionately higher rates of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and hypertension, and certain forms of cancer. Annually, 1,722 African American women die from breast cancer
• An estimated 5.5 million African Americans, 6.1 million Latinos, 2.7 million Asians, and 0.3 million Native Americans, many of them women, are currently receiving expanded preventive service coverage under the Affordable Care Act