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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Minorities have largely shied away from signing up for Obamacare, though they are more likely to be uninsured than whites.

Some 63% of the people who picked insurance plans on the exchanges and reported their race were white, according to federal data released Thursday. Blacks made up 16.7% of sign-ups, while Latinos accounted for only 10.7% and Asians for 7.9%.

The relatively scant participation by minorities comes despite a heavy push by the Obama administration and its supporters into Latino and black communities. Some 32% of the uninsured were Latinos and 15% were black in 2012, according to the most recent Census Bureau figures.

Whites made up only 45% of the uninsured in the U.S.

This was the first time the Department of Health & Human Services has reported the race of those signing up for Obamacare. Some 31% of those signing up did not report their race or ethnicity or chose “other.”

The data came in a report that showed just over 8 million people selected policies during the first open enrollment period, which stretched from October through March. It includes those who completed their applications during the special enrollment period through April 19.

Some 28% of them are between the ages of 18 and 34. The enrollment of young adults is being closely watched since they are presumed to be healthier and less costly, which will help offset the higher expenses generated by older enrollees.

It remains to be seen, however, how many people completed the enrollment process and paid their premiums. Insurers have generally said payments are running in the 80% range, though WellPoint Wednesday said that 90% of those signing up have paid so far.

6 comments

  • Vasu Murti

    For years, the GOP has been calling Obamacare things like: “The most dangerous piece of legislation ever passed.”

    Now that Obamacare has started to kick in, how’s that prediction looking?

    Twelve million more Americans will have health insurance in 2014 because of Obamacare.

    Premiums through the insurance exchanges will be lower than expected, and hundreds of millions of Americans are benefiting from things like preventive services with no copays, staying on their parents’ plan until they turn 26, no lifetime caps on coverage, no discrimination based on pre-existing conditions.

    Oh, and the uninsured rate is plummeting…

    But the GOP voted to repeal or undermine Obamacare for the 52nd time!

    The only way we can stop these guys is to vote them out.

    A single payer health insurance system, as advocated by Dennis Kucinich, would be preferable. Single payer is NOT socialized medicine. That would be the Veterans Administration. Or the British health care system, where the government pays for the doctors and hospitals. Under single payer, you get a health care card and you can go to any doctor or hospital in the United States. Doctors are not employees of the government. Hospitals remain in private hands. You get free choice of doctor and hospital.

    Single payer will NOT lead to rationing, “like in Canada.” Currently, in the United States, the private health insurance companies ration care. If you do not have health insurance, you do not get health care. That’s why 120 Americans die every day from lack of health care. There are some problems in the Canadian system, but most of what you hear about long lines is American health insurance propaganda. Zero people die every day in Canada due to lack of health insurance.

    Medicines will be cheaper under single payer. For example, the Veterans Administration gets a 40 percent discount on drugs because of its buying power. This single payer buying power is the main reason why other countries’ drug prices are lower. Now you know why the drug industry is so opposed to single payer.

    All medically necessary care would be funded through the single payer, including doctor visits, hospital care, prescriptions, mental health services, home care, rehab, eye care, and dental care. No bills, no deductibles, and no co-pays. And you can go to see any doctor or check in to any hospital in the United States.

    Health care is a sanctity-of-life issue!

    Democrats For Life of America, 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, South Building, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004 (202) – 220 – 3066

    • manalishi

      “Twelve million more Americans will have health insurance in 2014 because of Obamacare.” Let me see if i understand this correctly, you squander 20% of the country’s GDP to dupe 4% of the actual people (illegal or not). But even if your fraud(projection) is accurate by the end (because your still still 4 million short) only 65% of enrolee’s have paid up. And still refuse to tell how many signed up for medicaide because the bath house Barry Soertoro’s premiums are too friggin high.

      Who are you trying to sell this s**t to? If you keep treating your fellow democrats as subhumans, they will revolt.

    • B Addy

      Wake up Vasu. Spew that drivel to somebody who doesn’t’ know better.
      This debacle will collapse.

    • athynz

      And yet insurance premiums have skyrocketed. We were unable to keep our insurance plans as promised. And we did not have the money to pay for this as the focus was on this rather than job creation which would have increased the tax dollars coming in which would have paid for this plan.

  • Gerry

    I wonder if there is mistrust of the government among said minorities? Are they not signing up because they are trying to stay off the grid?

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