Latinos Support Health Care Reform, But Not Mandate
Friday, October 14, 2011
Latino voters have a complicated relationship with the health care reform law approved in March 2010. On the one hand, they support the majority of its provisions and oppose its repeal. But just like other voters, they are against the clause that will force them to purchase coverage, the so-called mandate.
These are some of the results of an impreMedia/Latino Decisions (IM-LD) poll in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico. This is the fifth in a series of six national polls exploring the opinions of the Latino group that has best integrated into American society: registered voters. This particular poll focused on the issues of insurance coverage and the health care reform law.
The results reveal that 50 percent of Latino voters support the Affordable Health Care Act and only 29 percent support its repeal. These numbers are similar to those of the general population.
However, 59 percent of these voters are not well disposed toward one of the law’s regulations, which makes it mandatory for them to purchase insurance if they do not have coverage. They are against it.
In fact, the insurance mandate is the most controversial part of the most important health care law approved in the United States in many years. It has been the subject of several lawsuits, as well as at least two appeals court decisions, one supporting its constitutionality and the other one rejecting it. The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to take up this issue next year.
Pilar Marrero comes to us through Feet in Two Worlds, a project at Milano The New School's Center for New York City Affairs. Fi2W is supported by the New York Community Trust and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with additional support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.