Oops: Obamacare Hurts Hispanics More than Others
January 24, 2014 - 7:05 am
What’s Spanish for “fail”? Daniel Garza writes in the Detroit News that Obamacare actually hurts Hispanics more than it hurts other Americans.
One issue that has received too little attention is how Obamacare affects patient choice and doctor-patient relationships. These are major issues for Hispanic-Americans. According to the Census Bureau, we’re the least likely demographic to seek out medical attention. A full 42 percent of Hispanics don’t visit the doctor even once a year. When we do go to see a doctor, we’re very picky. The National Hispanic Medical Association reports that Hispanics prefer doctors who “appreciate [our] culture and understand [our] families’ dynamics and [our] traditions.”
Unfortunately, our options are limited by the fact that only 5 percent of doctors are Hispanic. Yet that’s where Obamacare kicks in and makes things worse. Because the law imposes so many expensive mandates and regulations on health insurance, the most affordable health care plans no longer include the large networks that give us the most choice.
For Hispanics, this limits our already-strained access to the doctors we want and worsens our culture’s chronic doctor shortages.
But this isn’t even the worst of the Affordable Care Act’s problems. Despite what we were promised, the Affordable Care Act is surprisingly unaffordable.
Obamacare will simply be too expensive for many Hispanics. The problem for us stems from the law’s over-reliance on the young. This directly affects the Hispanic-American community because we are significantly younger than the average American. In fact, our median age is 27—the age that’s most severely harmed by the Affordable Care Act’s premium increases.
Read the rest. Democrats are banking on the rising Hispanic vote handing them a permanent majority and control of the presidency. They may need to come up with another strategy.