Obama Pushes Latinos to Register for Healthcare


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More than one million Latinos in California could benefit from healthcare reform, President Obama said in a recent speech, as he urged them to register and take advantages of its benefits.
During the speech, the President called out to Latinos, as well as all Californians, to register for healthcare coverage outlined in the reform, which has already gone into effect, NBC Latino reported.
President Obama targeted the Latino community specifically in the speech due to a recent survey that found many Latinos are simply unaware of the benefits outlined within the act, the report said.
According to White House officials, California is at the top of the United States’ insurance markets. The push for healthcare awareness and registration is spurred by the stat’es 6 million uninsured residents.
“So about 2.6 million Californians — nearly half of whom are Latinos — will qualify for tax credits that will, in some cases, lower their premiums a significant amount,” President Obama said. “Protections like allowing people up to the age of 26 to stay on their parent’s health care plans, which has already helped 6 million Americans, including [1 million] young Latino Americans.”
He remained optimistic about healthcare reform during his speech, insisting that it will indeed payoff in years to come, especially for Hispanics. According to the report, President Obama is encouraging Latino community to educate themselves on current healthcare policies, as he believes that they will have the most to gain from the Affordable Care Act.
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