Obamacare Enrolling Latinos May Boost Democrats’ Political Edge

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Diana-Narvaez-550x366(1)Obama Care has raised a lot of political questions for democrats and Republicans and the fight for votes continues.  The opposing sides on this issue will affect everyone, but Latinos are one group that will  suffer greatly from this outcome.  Some people refer to this new health care policy as disastrous.

Individuals who were uninsured will have to enroll in a health care plan by January of next year.  Most people will be required to have public or private health coverage or pay the higher of 1 percent of their annual income or $95, a penalty that grows to 2.5 percent of income or $695 by 2016.  Fortunately there are health insurance companies that consumers can buy any subsidized plans.

In states like California Latinos will be greatly impacted by this new policy.  Latinos represent 46 percent of the 2.6 million California residents eligible for subsidized coverage, said Santiago Lucero, a spokesman for Covered California, which runs the state insurance exchange.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  64.3% for White/Non- Hispanic, 13.1% for Blacks,  5.3% Asians, 17.3% Hispanic (any race).  These statistics can show which communities need the most guidance in this issue.  In the following months hopefully these communities can become acquainted with this new healthcare policy and the uninsured numbers can decrease.

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Statistics provided by http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2012/uninsuredintheus/ib.shtml

Picture by www.decisivelatino.com

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