While we all wait to see if President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner will hash out a deal on the fiscal cliff, one item getting a lot of discussion is raising the Medicare eligibility age, as I wrote about on Friday. Today, I was checking out Sarah Kliff’s twitter feed, and she pointed to UC Berkeley grad student Owen Zidar’s blog. Zidar’s post includes some eye-opening charts from economists David Card, Carlos Dobkin and Nicole Maestas writing in the American Economic Review.

Embedded in these wonky charts is an illustration of disparity:

And that disparity plays out in people not getting health care because of cost. Another snapshot of disparity:

This data was compiled before the Affordable Care Act was passed. We’ll have to wait and see how coverage and access change once the ACA is fully implemented in 2014.


Fiscal Cliffnotes: If Medicare Eligibility Age Goes Up, People of Color Hit Hardest 11 December,2012Lisa Aliferis


Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED’s State of Health blog. Since 2011, she’s been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco’s CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for “Best Topical Reporting” from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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