Why Latinos support Obama's health care plan

Why Latinos support Obama's health care plan

Nearly one in three Latinos in the United States does not have health insurance.

Latinos must certainly consider this fact as they examine the health care policies of the two presidential candidates.

There has been considerable criticism about President Obama's Affordable Care Act. But it will ensure that millions more people have access to health insurance. It also eliminates lifetime caps, limits on pre-existing conditions and allows parents to keep their children on their insurance plan to the age of 26.

Romney once backed a similar plan for the state of Massachusetts. But he says we can't afford it for the country and has vowed to overturn it if elected on his first day in office.

Romney also recently said that Americans don't die from a lack of health insurance. This claim is widely refuted by the 26,000 people without insurance who die prematurely because they don't seek treatment, according to a study by Families USA.

A poll by Latino Decisions found 57 percent of Hispanics agreed the Affordable Care Act should be left standing.

Health care is important to the Latino community. Here are a few reasons why according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

Mexican-Americans are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with diabetes and they are 50 percent more likely to die from diabetes.

Hispanic men are three times as likely to have AIDS compared to white men.

Hispanic women are 20 percent more likely to have a stroke than non-Hispanic white women.

The Latino Decisions poll also found that 60 percent of Latinos agree it is the role of the government to ensure that everyone has access to health care.

So on this issue it is more likely that Latinos will vote for President Obama.

Our health may depend on it.

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