Poll: 57% of Colorado Hispanics Disapprove of Obamacare
Broken Promises Take a Toll
(Washington, D.C.) – A recent poll of Colorado residents finds that 57 percent of Latinos in the state disapprove of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This number should not be surprising, given the President's drop in approval ratings among Latinos since the law began to be implemented. Additionally, a survey of Colorado Latinos taken last year also showed the law was seen as "confusing and complicated," and confirmed that many were aware of the personal mandate and the fine for not purchasing insurance.
Separately, Secretary Sebelius recently acknowledged that health insurance rates are likely to increase – again – in 2015. While frequent changes in how the law is implemented are making it harder for insurance companies to set rates, some industry leaders are suggesting rate increases will be in "double digits." With enrollments not matching earlier projections, some insurance companies will not earn any profits from the law. These firms may raise rates, seek federal bailouts, or drop out of the exchanges.
Daniel Garza, Executive Director of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:
"The Administration has pinned its hopes for this law's success on enrollments in the Latino community. But people are seeing that premiums and deductibles are too high. They understand that the Latino population – which is much younger than the rest of America – is being called on to bear a disproportionate share of the cost of this new system. They know that this is unfair. For most Latinos – as for most Americans – it's just not a good deal.
This health care law is not matching up with the President's promises. We were told it would dramatically expand health care coverage to millions of new people, without harming existing care, and at little cost to taxpayers. None of those things have come true. Real reform will require a new approach – one centered in satisfying the consumer through market competition."