To thrive, people need an approach to health care that increases access to quality, affordable care.  

  • According to Gallup, the percentage of uninsured Hispanics is nearly four times greater than the percentage of non-Hispanic white Americans.  
  • More than one-quarter of Hispanics went without a health care visit over the course of a year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.  
  • Twenty-two percent of Hispanics went without care over the course of a year due to cost.   

Clearly health care remains an important challenge. That’s why we need policies that expand choice, improve quality, lower costs, and encourage the innovation that could transform health care for all.  

Such an approach would entail: 

  • Resisting expansion of government-controlled health care: Centralized approaches to health care reform, like “Medicare for All” or a “public option” cannot give Americans what they want and deserve: a comprehensive health care agenda that expands access to high-quality care, reduces costs, and strengthens safety nets for the most vulnerable. Top-down centralized approaches lead to bureaucratic rationing, wait-lists, and shortages— burdens that fall hardest on the most vulnerable.
  • Improving access to personal health care options: We must begin working to enact policies that remove barriers and strengthen the way health care is being delivered to patients. Congress should pursue patient centered reforms such as the expansion of tax-free health savings accounts, including for Medicare recipients.
  • Combatting COVID-19 with a comprehensive approach to recovery: We must curb the spread of the coronavirus and protect public health for the economy to recover—and we can do so without additional blanket shutdowns that harm people’s livelihoods. Congress should pursue an aggressive “all-of-the-above” approach combining smarter testing, better access to self-administered home rapid-tests, quicker vaccine approvals and deployment, more therapeutic tools, and making COVID-19 health reforms permanent.

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The LIBRE Initiative – Colorado Expresses Disappointment After Passage of Top- Down Health Care Bill

The LIBRE Initiative – Colorado Expresses Disappointment After Passage of Top- Down Health Care Bill Latino Advocacy Group Supports Personal Health Care for All (Denver, CO) – The LIBRE Initiative – Colorado, a group committed to empowering the Hispanic and Latino community, expressed disappointment following the passage and likely enactment of HB21-1232, legislation that will, … Read More

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
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TODAY: AFP, LIBRE To Host Rally at Nevada State Capitol to Oppose SB 420

SB 420 endangers Nevada’s health care system (Carson, City NV) – Americans for Prosperity and The LIBRE Initiative are organizing a rally at Nevada’s state capitol, Thursday, May 27th at 1pm PST, to protest SB 420, a harmful health care bill under consideration in Nevada’s state legislature. See below for background on bill and a better path … 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

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