Making The Affordable Care Act More Accessible For Latinos
According to 2017 Census records, at the time there were nearly 60 million Latinos in the United States. During that same year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health spearheaded a study that highlighted the Latino community as having “the highest uninsured rates of any racial or ethnic group within the United States.” At the time, 82% of Hispanics had health insurance, compared to 94% of the non-Hispanic white population.
Joe Biden plans to “protect and build on Obama Care.” Starting over makes no sense. Over the years, the Affordable Care Act provided 20 million Americans with health insurance and protected 100+ million individuals with pre-existing conditions from major out-pocket-costs.
What is Joe Biden going to do to control the out-of-pocket expense for prescription drugs?
Joe Biden plans to “cap drug price inflation” to make medications more accessible to low-income communities of color. He also plans on protecting rural hospitals that are closing. About 172 small-hospital facilities have closed since 2005, with 130 closings taking place after 2010. In light of COVID-19, the closing of medical facilities is not ideal, especially if many of them are needed to serve the most vulnerable members of today’s American society.
The Biden campaign estimates that it would cost over $750 billion to expand Obamacare over ten years, but they are steadfast on the initiative. The aggrandized version of Obamacare would give 97% of Americans health coverage soon, making health insurance a right, not a privilege.
Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are the same. Over the years, divisions have arisen over which one is more beneficial for the nation, but many fail to see that both terms are referencing themselves to the same medical plan.