Asian Americans may suffer the greatest loss in private health insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare—is ended. The available data suggest that Asian Americans have obtained health insurance through the marketplaces created by Obamacare at a higher rate than other groups. Thus, if Obamacare were repealed, Asian Americans might see their dramatic gains in […]
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The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has reduced racial disparities in health insurance coverage rates between whites and people of color. I and others have discussed the historic increase in health insurance coverage for Latinos, African Americans, and Asian Americans. These findings should not obscure the fact that Obamacare has also led to […]
American society is better off with less poverty and less of the many social problems associated with poverty. Social Security is our strongest poverty-fighting program; therefore our leaders should act to keep the program strong. Of the programs existing today, none compare to Social Security in its ability to reduce the national poverty rate. The […]
This week, we will once again see that the Latino and African American poverty rates are more than double the non-Hispanic white poverty rate. The persistence of high poverty rates among these two groups can lead one to think that there are no policy options to address this problem, but this is not the case. We […]
by Algernon Austin This week, President Obama was in Alaska to call attention for the need for global action on climate change. Last week, he was in New Orleans commemorating the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. While Alaska is 4,000 miles away from Louisiana, both states face similar challenges from climate change. And, in both […]
From access to investing to the harsh discipline black women face, the Supreme Court decisions on fair housing and gay marriage, to access to healthy food, the minimum wage, and using public resources to generate income for all Americans, there is no shortage of topics that touch on racial wealth inequality. Members of the Experts […]
Lisa Hasegawa is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), the first national advocacy organization focused on housing and community development for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
Tanya Fiddler is the Executive Director of the Four Bands Community Fund, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that focuses on entrepreneurship and economic stability among the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation population. She was a recipient of the Asset Build Champion Award at the 2015 Color of Wealth Summit.
Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez has represented Illinois’ Fourth Congressional District in Chicago and Cook County since 1992. Now in his twelfth term, Gutiérrez is the senior member of the Illinois delegation. The 12-term congressman was born and raised in Chicago to parents who emigrated from Puerto Rico in the 1950s. His previously served as a […]
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, one of four 2015 Asset Builder Champion Awards recipients, discusses the need for immigration reform and bipartisan policy efforts to help close the racial wealth gap. The racial wealth gap in the United States continues to expand. Currently, Latinos hold only 7 cents for every dollar of wealth held by Whites. […]