Latino Voters Support Health Care Reform Act But Concerned About Costs and Mandatory Insurance
Mixed feelings on healthcare a potential issue for Republican primary and upcoming presidential elections
LOS ANGELES, CA –October 13, 2011 – impreMedia, the leading Hispanic news and information company, announced today the results for an ongoing poll which focuses on health care reform and health care coverage. The results are a part of an ongoing series of national polls among Latino registered voters conducted by impreMedia and Latino Decisions.
Fifty percent of respondents said that they supported legislation for the Accessible Health Act, with 29% opposed, similar to figures of the general population. However, 59% of those voters did not approve of the provision of the law that requires them to purchase insurance coverage, consistent with the general population.
The vast majority of voters were in support of individual provisions of the law with 85% in favor of offering tax credits to small businesses that offer coverage to their employees, and 63% favored prohibiting insurance companies from rejecting potential policy holders based on medical history. Latinos also indicated they support individual provisions aimed at providing insurance to the uninsured, with 80% in favor of financial assistance for those who cannot buy it.
“Latino voters support the health care reform and in particular, they support many of its clauses except for the mandate. When we explore the reasons a bit more, we see Latinos of more limited means are more concerned about it.” stated, Matt Barreto, from Latino Decisions.
Poll results indicate that most Latino voters are not in favor of reversing the healthcare reform law. All Republican candidates have promised that, to reach the presidency, they would seek to reverse the Federal Healthcare Accessibility Act.
The results also suggest that voters believe that their issues are not being heard or addressed, with 58% stating that they think their needs are not being taken into account. Results indicated that 25% have lost health coverage in the last two years and 56% say the cost of coverage has increased, suggesting a heavier burden for families and possible reason for the frustration.
Voters were also mildly optimistic about the expected effect of the healthcare reform law. When asked if the law would have an effect on quality of care received, 47% responded that they believe that it will be more or less the same, 23% think it will be better, 23% think it will get worse. When asked about the effect on health care costs, 38% believe it will remain more or less the same, 24% believe it will improve, and 31% believe it will get worse.