Perspectives on being black in america today

Latest Polling
79%
Most Black adults say systemic racism is a major obstacle to Black people achieving equal outcomes with White people.
66%
Two out of three Black adults say the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic would be stronger if White people where getting sick and dying at higher rates than people of color.
71%
About 7 in 10 Black adults say unconscious bias has been an obstacle in their own life.
65%
Most Black adults are not confident that the development of the coronavirus vaccine is taking needs of Black people into account.

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    Joe Biden’s Big Lead on Health Care Issues

    In an Axios column, Drew Altman discusses how this election year health isn’t a single issue — but several — and Joe Biden has the edge over President Trump on all of them, even as opposition to the ACA remains popular with Trump’s base.  

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    Black Americans Are More Skeptical of a Coronavirus Vaccine

    Drew Altman discusses how systemic racism has led to striking levels of reluctance to get a COVID-19 vaccine among Black Americans, including those at highest risk, and the challenge it presents for ending the pandemic.

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    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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    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. 

coronavirus
  • Comparing Trump and Biden on COVID-19

    This issue brief compares President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden on their records, actions and proposals related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes a general overview of their respective approaches, followed by a detailed side-by-side.

  • Distributing a COVID-19 Vaccine Across the U.S. — A Look at Key Issues

    This brief examines key policy challenges and issues related to distributing a COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S., including funding, supply and logistics, federal, state, and local authorities, insurance coverage, addressing racial and ethnic disparities, and communication and trust.

  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Nursing Homes

    This data note presents national data that shows that nursing homes with a high share of Black or Hispanic residents were more likely to have at least one coronavirus case, at least one COVID-19 death, and (among facilities with cases) more severe case outbreaks than facilities with a low share of Black or Hispanic residents.

  • The Pandemic’s Effect on the Widening Gap in Mortality Rate between the U.S. and Peer Countries

    A new KFF brief looks at where COVID-19 falls as a leading cause of death in the U.S. compared to similarly large and wealthy countries. The analysis finds that COVID-19 mortality rates are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., a ranking shared by only one peer country, Belgium. In several other peerMore

Open Enrollment
  • More Than Half of All People on Medicare Do Not Compare Their Coverage Options Annually

    This analysis shows that more than half of Medicare beneficiaries do not compare coverage options annually during the open enrollment period, despite the fact that Medicare Advantage and Part D plans often change from one year to the next, which could lead to unexpected and avoidable costs for beneficiaries who do not review their options annually.

  • Estimate 2021 Consumer Premiums for ACA Marketplace

    The Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator, updated with 2021 premium data, provides estimates of health insurance premiums and subsidies for people purchasing insurance on their own in health insurance exchanges (or “Marketplaces”) created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With this calculator, you can enter your income, age, and family size to estimate your eligibility for subsidies and how much you could spend on health insurance.

  • Explaining Health Care Reform: Questions About Health Insurance Subsidies

    This brief describes health insurance subsidies available through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces, including premium subsidies that would be provided in the form of tax credits, as well as other subsidies that would lower cost sharing to eligible Americans. It provides details on who is eligible for the assistance, the maximum repayment limits for the credits, and out-of-pocket spending limits.

  • Health Insurance Marketplace and the ACA

    Find answers to over 300 frequently asked questions about buying coverage on the health insurance marketplaces. Over 180 of our FAQs are now available in Spanish.

Half the Public Say President Trump Doesn’t Have a Plan to Protect People With Pre-Existing Conditions

The nomination of a new Supreme Court justice has placed heightened scrutiny on what President Trump’s administration would do to continue the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions if the Supreme Court invalidates the law.

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79%

In our October poll, 79% of the public say they do not want the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions — up from 62% one year ago.

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