Latinos Widely Rejecting Obamacare as Deadline NearsPosted: March 27, 2014 | |
Despite claiming about a third of the uninsured population, the Obama administration has struggled to attract Latin Americans to Obamacare. According to one Latino health advocate, the population is simply “not at the table,” and expectations for Latinos to sign up to use the public health exchanges is low. Statistics show that many Latinos are choosing to be fined over having to sign up for Obamacare. This is of particular concern in California, where the healthcare exchanges were considered “the number one priority” of the state and Latinos make up more than half of the state’s uninsured population.
The Associated Press noted that approval for the Affordable Care Act dropped precipitously in October, according to the Pew Research Center. Then, CuidadodeSalud.gov was delayed several times, and, when finally useable, boasted a woeful number of spelling errors and grammatical inconsistencies that made it nearly impossible for a Spanish speaker to read.
Some Democrats openly admit that outreach has left much to be desired. Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas told the AP that a major obstacle to enrollment has been a lack of “culturally sensitive” outreach: in-person offices to discuss the exchanges and more available operators with whom to speak before choosing a plan….Read more…
- Few African Americans Enrolling in Covered California (breitbart.com)
- Race to Enroll Texas Latinos as Obamacare Deadline Looms (publicnewsservice.org)
- California struggles to enroll blacks in Obamacare (mobile.wnd.com)
- Health Policy Expert: Obamacare Enrollment Rate For Hispanics ‘Seems To Be Very Low’ (washington.cbslocal.com)
- Latino enrollment in health care overhaul lags (triblive.com)
- Latinos being left behind in health care overhaul (hosted.ap.org)