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.


The LIBRE Initiative celebrates 10 years of efforts to build stronger communities

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the founding of The LIBRE Initiative. Back in 2011, a small group of activists launched an organization dedicated to building a stronger Hispanic community. They knew that in the ongoing debates over policies that affect America’s Latinos, an essential voice was missing: one that came from Hispanic neighborhoods … Read More

The LIBRE Initiative Applauds North Carolina Lawmakers and Governor for Expanding Educational Opportunity While Rejecting Medicaid Expansion

State budget is a good step towards expanding opportunity (Raleigh, NC) – The LIBRE Initiative, an organization committed to empowering the Hispanic community, applauded North Carolina lawmakers and the Governor for agreeing on a state budget with provisions to expand the Opportunity Scholarship Program – a measure that will raise the threshold so more students … Read More
LIBRE-Virginia staff and volunteers out doorknocking in support of Glenn Youngkin

Why Glenn Youngkin is the clear choice for Virginia’s Hispanics

By Michael Monrroy When former Governor Terry McAuliffe declared during a debate that parents should not “be telling schools what they should teach,” he perfectly captured the difference between himself and his rival in the 2021 contest for Virginia governor, Glenn Youngkin. Youngkin believes strongly that Hispanic parents, and every Virginia parent, should have a … Read More

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