The public option is a bad option for Latinos

Health care is an issue of crucial importance to all Nevadans. That’s why Eddie Diaz, community engagement director of The LIBRE Initiative-Nevada, joined with Ronnie Najarro, state director of Americans for Prosperity-Nevada, to write about why the so-called public option is a bad bet for the state’s Latinos. Legislation under consideration by state lawmakers would … Read More

The health care reforms empowering Latinos to recover from the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the flaws and failures of a U.S. health care system that is, in many ways, the best in the world. Quick action by policymakers showed us how knocking down barriers can overcome those flaws. In Roll Call, Daniel Garza, president of The LIBRE Initiative, writes that for many Latinos, the challenges … Read More

Government-controlled health care wouldn’t work, but here’s what would.

Americans are generally satisfied with the quality of health care they receive. Nevertheless, most believe that the system needs reform. Latinos, too, rank health care as one of their top issues when they go to the polls. It’s not difficult to see why. American health care is overburdened with state and federal regulations and mandates … Read More

The LIBRE Initiative-Colorado calls out crazy commuter proposal

Latinos already are more likely to commute and have fewer options when it comes to teleworking than other Coloradans. Now, in a misguided attempt to reduce emissions, the state Department of Public Health and Environment wants to make getting to work even harder for them. In El Comercio de Colorado, Angle Merlos, coalitions director for The LIBRE Initiative-Colorado, … Read More

LIBRE-Nevada urges lawmakers to tackle jobs, health care, criminal justice before time runs out

Writing in El Tiempo Las Vegas, The LIBRE Initiative-Nevada Community Engagement Director Eddie Diaz points to the urgency state lawmakers face in the final days of the legislative session. “Lawmakers should seize the opportunity to boost the economy, guard against future pandemics, and reform criminal justice. If they do, Nevada’s Hispanic community will be among the biggest beneficiaries,” Diaz … Read More

Colorado defeats the public option, but the push for better health care continues

Colorado lawmakers made the right call by defeating a proposed government-run “public option” health care plan that would have led to fewer choices, lower quality care, and, eventually, a single-payer system that pushed all private insurance out of the state. But, as Angel Merlos, coalitions director for The LIBRE Initiative-Colorado, writes in Colorado Politics, the public … Read More

Yes, the PRO Act could kick you out of independent contracting

After passage in the House early last month, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, also called the PRO Act, now awaits consideration in the Senate. The bill could force millions of Americans, including many Latinos, out of independent contracting to push them into traditional employment, robbing them of the flexibility they value in their … Read More

How the PRO Act would limit opportunity for Hispanic workers

Maggie Escalante knows what it means to hustle. As a homeschool mom of three boys and a graphic design educator, she loves having the ability to earn an income to support her family while taking care of her kids.   How is she able to do this?   “I am an independent contractor, and I have been for the past seven years,” she says. “There’s no other job like mine, because … Read More

Senators launch bipartisan effort to deal with border crisis

Daniel Garza, president of The LIBRE Initiative, recently repeated a message he’s been delivering for years: To begin to solve America’s immigration challenges, it will take a willingness by people in both parties to reach across the aisle to begin the process of updating our laws. With limited resources and a rising number of asylum … Read More