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Christopher Flavelle

Obamacare Is Closing Insurance's Race Gap

Minorities are still less likely to have coverage, but the difference has narrowed.
Mind the gap.

Mind the gap.

Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Whatever Obamacare's shortcomings, a new paper shows one place where the law has been a clear success: narrowing the race gap in health insurance. So why aren't more Democrats shouting that from the rooftops?

In 2013, the year before most of the law's provisions for subsidized insurance took effect, non-elderly blacks were 47 percent more likely than whites to be uninsured. For American Indians, that figure was 93 percent; for Hispanics, 120 percent.