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8 Ways The Government Shutdown Affects Black People

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Black Household Income Slashed: The government shutdown will hurt many of its workers, however, a disproportionate number of the  800,000 furloughed federal workers are African-Americans, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Blacks make up nearly 1 in 5 non-postal federal employees. When the government starts to issue temporary pink slips to nearly a million federal employees, many African-American households, already working on tight budgets, will suffer even more. They have rent and home mortgages to pay, children’s tuition due, and food and clothes to buy.


Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered

Health Needs Delayed: The 110 million Americans already enrolled in Medicare—the government health program for the elderly—and Medicaid—the federal and state partnership to provide health insurance to the working poor and their children—will continue to receive the services and treatment that they need.  However, new applications to these programs will be delayed until the government reopens. Many low-income African-Americans, who are a significant part of  the 11.5 million consumers expected to become newly insured under an expanded Medicaid program mandated by the Affordable Care Act, will see a delay in access to affordable health care.

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5 thoughts on “8 Ways The Government Shutdown Affects Black People

  1. Sonny Scroggins says:

    *911 MOMENT!

  2. Joyce Rozier says:

    why are we not out on the Washington mall protesting the Government shut down. It's like nobody cares.800.000 people show up on the w Washington mall or in front of the Capital bdg. at one time .Now that would show congress that they better stop playing games.

  3. Do you really think that marching in this day and age will do anything other than get 15 minutes of coverage in the ADHD Press. Everything is techno-driven today. And just in case you haven't noticed, the only people who get the attention of congress people AND the president are those who are BRINGING MONEY to the table, not those who are sniffing around under the table waiting for the crumbs to drop. A march of 800,000 is just another photo op for those who need your vote. When will WE ever learn? None of those people in DC are affected by this supposed shutdown…think about it. Even those who are not working (and that is only 17% of the federal workforce) will get every penny that they were expecting, even when they did not do any work. I don't begrudge them. I begrudge those people who are foolish enough to buy the BIG LIES that they are telling us–and yes, that includes the PRESIDENT TOO!

  4. The power we possess is in voting. We must get out there and get them out of office. The people spoke in 2010 it is time to loudly scream by casting that vote, We will not take it anymore!

  5. Mike Rogers says:

    What about child support, fines, and new rims. Didn't see that mentioned.

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