Quality, affordable healthcare is not a privilege. It’s a right.
Despite Republicans insistent attacks against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it has withstood the legal challenges and bad politicking in Congress. But we can’t rest.
Before the ACA, millions of Latinos, Asian and Pacific Islander American, and immigrant families did not have healthcare coverage. In fact, it was one of the largest disparities in America. But thanks to ACA, now millions of these families have gained access to health insurance coverage. Plus, the law made it more affordable for them.
Not only is it important that Latino, AAPI and immigrant families continue to sign up for health care coverage, but must also continue defending the law, especially many of the healthcare benefits that families need.
- About 30% of Latinos in the U.S. are without health insurance coverage.
- About 25% of Latinos in the U.S. lack a usual health care provider and report obtaining no health care information.
- Although Latinos have less chronic health conditions, they also have a higher prevalence of diabetes and are more likely to be overweight, which puts them at risk to develop diabetes and other serious health conditions.
- Many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) still lack health insurance coverage and don’t see a doctor on a regular basis. In fact, in 2010, nearly 24% of Asian Americans and over 37% of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders reported that they had not seen a doctor in the past year.
- Without comprehensive immigration reform, millions of undocumented immigrants lack health care coverage and, thus, a high percentage fail to seek routine medical care.
From King v. Burwell (a Republican-crafted lawsuit against ACA) to Republican congressional leaders trying to eliminate ACA, the fight to defend healthcare is crucial. Join iAmerica Action to make it clear to leaders that the ACA is here to stay and we’ll fight to protect it.