Hispanics know that despite a lot of activity in Washington in recent years, it’s still hard to afford quality health care and health insurance. According to Gallup, the percentage of uninsured Hispanics is nearly four times greater than the percentage of Non-Hispanic white Americans. And 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. That’s a sad situation. Simply put, health care remains an important challenge – despite implementation of the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), and despite massive federal spending on health insurance programs.

Americans should be able to receive the care they need, when they need it, at competitive prices. Out-of-pocket costs should not be a prohibitive barrier to receiving medical care and maintaining a healthy well-being.

To that end, health care reform should be focused on improving choice in health care, and promoting competition that gives people a range of options at competitive prices – and not just spending more taxpayer dollars to increase access to insurance that does not offer the benefits that people want. America needs to focus on expanding care, improving quality, and lowering costs for all Americans, as well as encouraging innovation that can improve the very nature of the health care system.

America’s health care system faces serious challenges, but current proposals to improve it incorrectly focus on universal insurance coverage rather than on improving health outcomes, and excessively consolidates too many of our healthcare decisions under the authority of the Federal government. Health care should emphasize the overall well-being of an individual, with the goal of the health care system, simply, healthier people. Mandating everyone purchase insurance does little to ensure they can access quality care when they need to – or be able to afford it.

To improve the health care system, we need to enact targeted legislation that solves specific problems with patient-centered solutions – from expediting the approval of medicines to allowing medical professionals to practice to the full extent of their training to encouraging competition and innovation and fostering greater implementation of current technology. These reforms will expand access to medical care, so more people have the options to be seen and costs are lowered, as well as transition health care decisions back to patients and their doctors.

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LIBRE’s approach to increasing access to quality health care for Hispanics in 2021

America has one of the best health care systems in the world, boasting cutting edge research, top-notch doctors, and state-of-the-art equipment. Nevertheless, our system needs reform. There’s a reason Americans report consistent dissatisfaction with the costs of care and how difficult it can be to procure. Hispanics, like all Americans, should have access to quality care at a … Read More
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The LIBRE Initiative – VA Expresses Support for Criminal Justice, Education and Healthcare Reforms in Special Session

(Richmond, Virginia) – The LIBRE Initiative – Virginia, an organization committed to empowering the Latino community announced plans to engage on several key issues during the upcoming General Assembly’s special session. Michael Monrroy, coalitions director for The LIBRE Initiative – VA, issued the following statement at the start of the special session:  “The Latino community … Read More
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Congress Should Reject Bailout Insurance Legislation

(Arlington, VA) – Today, The LIBRE Initiative, an organization committed to empowering the Latino community, urged lawmakers, from both sides of the aisle, to reject the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act that will have serious negative impacts on all Americans – including Latinos. If enacted, the legislation would, among other things, cancel insurance … Read More

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