FILE – President Barack Obama stands with Vice President Joe Biden as he makes a statement in this Dec. 19, 2012 file photo taken in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, about policies he will pursue following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct. Facing an end-of-the-month deadline, the Obama administration is calling gun owner groups, victims’ organizations and representatives from the video-game industry to the White House Biden will meet Wednesday Jan. 9, 2013 with gun violence victims’ groups and gun safety organizations, a White House official said. On Thursday, he will hold talks with gun ownership groups, as well as advocates for sportsmen. for discussions on potential policy proposals for curbing gun violence. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
The federal government may not reach its goal of enrolling 7 million people in Obamacare by the towering March 31 deadline, Vice President Joe Biden warned this week, according to Reuters.
“We may not get to seven million, we may get to five or six, but that’s a hell of a start,” Biden said, according to a pool report of his meeting Wednesday with a small group of people in Minneapolis, who are working to help others sign up for insurance. He made the stop on the way to a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in the city.
The Congressional Budget Office recently reduced its Obamacare enrollment forecast for 2014 to 6 million, down from 7 million, the article says.
The retreat is not surprising. President Obama’s much-ballyhood health care law, whose official name the Affordable Care Act, got off to a rocky start in October when the web site used to search for insurance plans failed to operate properly for nearly two months.
The decrease comes even after the Obama administration announced last week that 3.3 million people enrolled in private Obamacare health plans between October 1 and Feb 1.
Despite a big push by the administration, minorities are not flocking toward the coverage. An estimated 19 percent of Latinos and 20 percent of Blacks have looked for health insurance on the exchanges, compared to 28 percent of Whites, according to a Commonwealth Fund survey, reports CNN Money.
Enrollment efforts have been hampered by delays in translating exchange web sites and materials into Spanish and other languages, the article says. An estimated 63 percent of Latinos surveyed by Latino Decisions, a political opinion research group, said they wanted Obamacare information in Spanish, CNN reports.
But Obamacare did not launch its Spanish language site, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, until December, and even then it fell under attack for being riddled with translation errors. Applicants are still unable to browse their choices in Spanish.
Now, the push is on to bring the merits of health insurance to Blacks, Latinos and other uninsured voters. The deadline for 2014 coverage is March 31.
1. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Viola Davis Wins an Emmy for HTGWM
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2. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Misty Copeland’s “I Will, What I Want” Commercial
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3. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Zendaya and Amandla Read The Girls For Filth
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4. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: The Year of The Black Cover Girl
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5. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Common and John Legend at the Oscars
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6. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Cicely Tyson Scratching Viola Davis’ Scalp on ‘HTGAWM’
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7. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Tristan Wilds in the Adele Video
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8. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Grace Jones’ AfroPunk Performance
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9. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Beyonce’s Met Gala Dress
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10. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: The Throning of Queen Serena
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11. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: Missy Elliot’s Super Bowl Halftime Performance
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12. Top Black Pop Culture Moments of 2015: That Bill Cosby ‘EBONY’ Cover
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13. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Dem Patty Pies
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14. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: The Rise of ‘Empire’
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15. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Drake Demolishes the Internet
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16. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: “Miley, What’s Good?”
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17. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Ava DuVernay’s Barbie Sells Out in 17 Minutes
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18. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: John Boyega Stays Drinking White Tears
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19. Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015: Everything Black Twitter Did
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Top Black Pop Culture Moments Of 2015
From <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/22/sandra-bland-family-non-indictment/" target="_blank"><strong>Sandra Bland</strong></a> to the shootings in <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/06/20/why-is-south-carolina-using-a-judge-in-the-charleston-church-massacre-who-has-used-the-n-word-before/" target="_blank">Charleston, South Carolina</a>, African Americans were sadly reminded that being <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/13/police-brutality-2015/" target="_blank">Black in America</a> is much harder than it ought to be. And yet in the same breath, 2015 was a year of Black joy during which our culture dominated not only in our lives, but in the mainstream consciousness. From <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/07/16/lee-daniels-and-taraji-p-henson-emmy-empire/" target="_blank">Cookie Lyons</a> to the <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/10/17/ebony-editor-comments-cosby-cover/" target="_blank">Cosby <em>Ebony </em>cover</a>, our brilliance helped to push the conversation, affirm our greatness, make history and most important, make us laugh.
So to celebrate that greatness, we put together this list of the most defining Black pop culture moments of 2015. And don’t worry: <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/08/rachel-dolezal-interview/" target="_blank">Rachel Dolezal </a>is nowhere to be seen.