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Latino Daily News

Wednesday January 19, 2011

Leading Hispanic Organization Opposed to Repeal of Health Care Reform

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., is urging all members of Congress to vote no on the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act” (H.R. 2 and H.Res 9).

NCLR views health care reform as having provided a great opportunity to increase access to more affordable, quality health coverage for millions of Latinos and other Americans. 

In 2009, there were nearly 16 million Latinos who, unable to gain access to health coverage through their employer or current public insurance programs, did not have coverage for the entire year.

Furthermore, the new laws improve health care for the majority of Hispanics who are insured by expanding consumer protections and strengthening civil rights in health care settings.

NCLR recognizes that the current health care reform plan is imperfect; it does however take steps to fix a broken system.  A wholesale repeal without alternatives does nothing to address the broken system that existed before the the healthcare reform legislation was voted on.