Latest Polling on racial inequities

Latest Polling
50%
Half of the public (50%) recognize that Black Americans are more likely to get sick or die from coronavirus while fewer (36%) are aware of the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on Hispanics.
48%
About half of Black adults (48%), including 60% of Black men and 38% of Black women, say they have ever been afraid their life was in danger because of their race. This compares to about a quarter (26%) of Hispanic adults and 16% of White adults.
42%
Approximately 4 in 10 say that Black Americans are more likely to receive poor quality health care (42%), less likely to be covered by health insurance (45%), and less likely to be able to access the health care they need (44%).
63%
A majority of Black adults (63%) and nearly half (45%) of Hispanic adults say they have been treated unfairly in a variety of situations in the past 12 months because of their race or ethnicity. 

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    Drew Altman: Drugs Aren’t the Reason the U.S. Spends So Much on Health Care

    Drew Altman’s column in Axios: the U.S. now spends twice per capita what other wealthy countries do on health care. But while drug costs get all the time in public debate, it’s hospital and outpatient spending that mostly explains the difference. And that will be impossible to take on without real pain and political risk, he says.

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    Drew Altman: Biden vs Trump on Health With Swing Voters

    Drawing on newly released KFF/Cook Political Report polling in key Sun Belt states, Drew Altman discusses how the 2020 election is more about President Trump but issues do matter. He says that swing voters in Florida, Arizona and North Carolina prefer Joe Biden over President Trump on more issues including health care and the coronavirus, but President Trump has the edge on their top issue, the economy. 

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    Drew Altman: Understanding the US Failure on Coronavirus

    For The BMJ, Drew Altman discusses two fundamental policy decisions made by the Trump administration that set the U.S. on the controversial and highly criticized course it has taken on COVID-19.

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    Drew Altman: Pharmacies, Not the Military, Will Handle COVID-19 Vaccinations

    President Trump has conjured up the image of a top general and the military delivering the coronavirus vaccine drawing on their vast logistical experience. In his latest Axios column, Drew Altman explains why vaccine realities will dictate that it’s much more likely to be at your local Walgreens or CVS pharmacy.

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How Health Insurers Responded to Applicants with Pre-existing Conditions Before and After the ACA

The fate of the Affordable Care Act is again in doubt, with the Supreme Court set to hear arguments in California v. Texas days after the Presidential election. Here's was like for people with pre-existing conditions to obtain coverage before this law.

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Among those tested for the coronavirus on the Epic electronic health record network, Hispanic patients had the highest positivity rate, which was over two and half times higher than the rate for White patients (311 vs. 113 per 1,000)

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