Will Court Decision on O’Care Affect Hispanics?

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The whole of the Washington political establishment seems to be “whipped into a frenzy” over the coming court decision on Obamacare. But let’s assume Obamacare goes away tomorrow, will hispanics be affected disproportionally? Let’s have a look at the numbers.

According to the Washington Post, in 2012, hispanics were disproportionally still without insurance when compared to African Americans, Asians and Whites.

Hispanics historically have had the nation’s highest rate of uninsured, with 29 percent without coverage in 2012, according to Census Bureau figures. About 17 percent of African Americans, 15 percent of Asian Americans and 10 percent of whites did not have health insurance that year.

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So, the government began doing some outreach, starting with the HHS website. However, according to US.News, the outreach still 1 in 4 hispanics hasn’t even heard of the state exchanges.

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When asked questions about their personal health care situations, the majority – 77 percent – said they think their ability to get and keep health insurance will at least stay the same, and that the quality of their health care would stay the same or get better.

The Obamacare case now before the SCOTUS is King v. Burwell, and according to the DC elite, the fallout from this case could be disastrous. But apparently the GOP has been planning for a decision which would be detrimental to the controversial health care law. According to The Hill:

Republicans have spent four months quietly crafting contingency plans for King v. Burwell. While the case drew some attention during oral arguments in March, the hype is approaching new heights with just a few days left of court decisions this summer… Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the GOP’s point man for the case, presented a more complete proposal that would give block grants to states that want them. The rest could decide to scrap the healthcare law altogether.

Despite the GOP’s best efforts however, people will be affected. Hispanics will be affected, tho maybe not disproportionately.



 

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