Health Reform Repeal Endangers Health of People of Color

For Immediate Release

Greenlining Institute
Contact: 

Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Coordinator, 415-846-7758
Samuel S. Kang, Greenlining Institute General Counsel, 415-317-5946

Health Reform Repeal Endangers Health of People of Color

Latinos, African Americans and Asians Most Likely to Be Uninsured, Represent Key Voting Blocs; California Leads in Implementing Reforms

WASHINGTON -

Tomorrow’s
planned House vote to repeal health care reform represents trouble for
communities of color, policy experts at The Greenlining Institute said
today. California, they added, deserves credit for moving swiftly to
implement reforms backed by the state’s voters.

“Blacks,
Latinos and Asians are most likely to be uninsured, and the small
businesses in these communities need the help that the Affordable Care
Act will give them to help cover their employees,” said Greenlining
Institute General Counsel Samuel S. Kang. “Voters of color see moving
forward with healthcare reform as a top priority, and many won’t like
this push to undo a reform that’s helping them and their neighbors.”

People
of color represent just under one third of the U.S. population, but
over half of the uninsured. In California, people of color are slightly
over half the population but 74 percent of the uninsured. Latinos and
other voters of color appear to have swung several key races in favor of
Democratic candidates last November.

“Rather
than taking a step back, we need to keep moving forward,” said
Greenlining Health Program Manager Carla Saporta. “Our communities are
not going to put our health on hold because of the desire of a few. 
Fortunately, California is a trailblazer in implementing the Affordable
Care Act, the first in the nation to act on establishing a Health
Benefit Exchange that will provide affordable health insurance, one-stop
insurance shopping, and greater benefits and consumer protections.
California regulators and legislators have listened to their
constituents, and we hope Congress and other states will do the same.”

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