Latino Uninsured Rate Plunges. Thanks, ObamaCare



Noam Levey: Number Of Latinos With Insurance Coverage Surges Under Healthcare Law

The federal healthcare law has dramatically increased coverage among Latinos, according to a new report that provides a comprehensive look at the effects of the Affordable Care Act on a historically underinsured community. Overall, the percentage of Latinos ages 19 to 64 lacking health coverage fell from 36% to 23% between summer 2013 and spring 2014. That parallels a broader increase in coverage that has taken place since insurance marketplaces opened last fall and states began expanding Medicaid under the healthcare law.

The overall uninsured rate for U.S. adults under 65 plummeted from 20% to 15% in the same period, according to the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit group that studies U.S. and global health systems. Other surveys have shown similar declines. “The Affordable Care Act appears to be working for millions of Latinos who, as a group, have long faced the nation’s highest uninsured rates,” said the Commonwealth Fund’s Michelle Doty, the report’s lead author. “These substantial improvements will mean better health and healthcare for millions of people.” The Medicaid expansion proved particularly important for Latinos, the Commonwealth Fund report indicates. In states that expanded Medicaid, including California, the uninsured rate among working-age Latino adults dropped by about half, from 35% to 17%.

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122 Responses to “Latino Uninsured Rate Plunges. Thanks, ObamaCare”

  1. 9 Betsy
    October 25, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Thanks NW for this! I hope they all turn out and vote!!

  2. October 25, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    First, I find out Eric Clapton is a loonbat racist. Then, I have to kick out a loonbat from the library. My day is just loony.

  3. October 25, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Yet more majestic Obamacare news, thank yooooooooou Nerdy!!!!

  4. October 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    What’s going on in Nevada? No democrats are voting early? I think it’s bc no marquee race there, thus, no money being spent for GOTV efforts.

  5. 36 jackiegrumbacher
    October 25, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Nerdy, this is great information that I’m going to distribute at our Salsa the Vote event next Sunday. I can’t thank you enough for ferreting out all these great facts about Obamacare. People are abysmally ignorant about how effective this law is. Got back from canvassing for Wolf and our local candidates. On the whole I would say there’s a reasonable level of awareness of this election and a strong feeling, especially on the part of teachers, that Corbett must go. One comical thing we kept encountering–a write in candidate for state rep decided that extra large signs were the way to campaign, so once in a while we would run across a four feet high red sign with this woman’s name on someone’s lawn. Talking about screaming out your message.

    • 37 Nerdy Wonka
      October 25, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      Oh, wow. Thanks, Jackie. Glad to help.

      Thanks for all you do. I’ve been canvassing, doing data entry, and phone-banking also, throughout this election cycle and it is work that takes you on a roller coaster of emotions for sure, but it truly is wonderful work.

    • October 25, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Greetings Jackie…

      The President is coming to Philly to campaign for Wolf and other PA Dems…ohhhhhhhh myyyy goodness….I was lucky enough to snare tickets to see our First Lady,…can I have that much good karma to get tickets to see our beloved President….stay tuned…

      can’t stomp as much as I could in previous years….but I have sent out a version of DonnaDem”s Letter (thank you Donna),,,to friends and fam…got a few responses…urged folks to vote early…and they did!!!!!!!!!>..who hooooo….smiling…

      planning to make calls this week….and join a motorcade next weekend…

      it empowers me to do these things…esp in the face of the racist JIVE that keeps trying to take me under (spiritually and emotionally)…

      As REV Barber has said…If there was a time to vote….I add…if there was ever a time to stand up…and work hard..


      • 39 jackiegrumbacher
        October 25, 2014 at 5:26 pm

        Pf, I pray that you get those tickets and get to see our president front and center. I think he’s coming to Phillie to support the Phillie area congressional candidates as well as Wolf. Those guys need a boost and we sure could use them in the House. As for stomping around, I found it very tiring, but for once my back didn’t act up, so I was very grateful for that. Honestly, there’s so much work to do in the week ahead, I can’t wait until it’s over. Then I don’t want to hear about another election for many, many months.

  6. October 25, 2014 at 4:15 pm

  7. 42 Nena20409
    October 25, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    An A+ ACA Post Ms. Nerdy Wonka. 😎
    Betsy has the Gold ⭐
    Hello TOD.

  8. 45 Nena20409
    October 25, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    • 46 susanne
      October 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      thanks for posting this, nena. i just shared it on facebook. so many folks i talk with are cynical, saying all politicians are the same. but it really is as simple as krugman says here– do we want oligarchy or do we want democracy. if citizens were as terrified of the kochs as they are of ebola, we’d have a landslide for dems.

  9. 47 Nena20409
    October 25, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    When We The People Refuse to treat Gun Violence as detrimental to the public heath, this happens.

  10. 48 JER
    October 25, 2014 at 4:23 pm

  11. October 25, 2014 at 4:33 pm

  12. October 25, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Wolf : senator Shaheen do you want The president to campaign for you?

    Umm ah derr hmm ah Don’t know umm!

    Do you think all these people running for senator can come up with a better answer then hemming and hawing?

  13. October 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    voted today- state of Washington- sadly only one dem on my ballot. East side of the state bleeds RED. so sad

  14. October 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    6 nbc/Marist Senate polls come out Sunday for chucks MTP show.
    Any bets what they’ll say?

  15. 59 africa
    October 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    REPORT: I spent a few hours volunteering at the Charlie Christ headquarters this morning/afternoon. Made calls to local residents asking them to vote for Charlie. Many folks were not home, but I left message asking for their vote and reminding them to come out and vote on Nov. 4. Most of the few I reached, said they would vote for Charlie. Of course, there was some who said no. Listening to another volunteer talk to a voter: The voter stated she was not sure about Charlie. The volunteer asked did she have questions. Voter asked who is Charlie Crist? She knew of him (but really she was asking for his positions and then asked what was the difference) and promptly another volunteer reached across another table where I was sitting and handed (the volunteer on the phone) Charlie’s positions. After telling the voter the difference between Charlie and Scott, the voter said she would be voting. Volunteer told her where her polling place is, asked if she needed a ride. She said no. She was going to vote today.

    Tomorrow, a bunch of us will meet at 7:45 a.m. at the HQ to car pool and go to Souls to the Polls. More than likely, I will be casting my vote tomorrow.

    In the waning days as Nov. 4 approaches, I will also be doing some canvassing.

    I really hope we do this.

  16. 66 dotster3
    October 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    • 67 Nena20409
      October 25, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Saw that this AM.

      He had Mary Matland, Cornell West and John Avalon.
      No one there to really defend Dems…..with election just 10 days away. BMaher criticized Jon Stewart for 2010 and Not asking people to vote. Yet he invited West who was advocating for folks not to vote.

      Here’s the Video

    • 68 99ts
      October 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Unreal – yet the GOP votes for a man who left his wife & 4 children to chase “the love of his life”. This isn’t just Kansas – it is the GOP – all over the US – they have no morals – NONE.

  17. 69 hopefruit2
    October 25, 2014 at 5:22 pm

  18. 72 Nena20409
    October 25, 2014 at 5:28 pm

  19. 73 desertflower
    October 25, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    I don’t even have words.


    For the last twelve years he’s been in office, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has resisted efforts to bring citizenship to the 11 million undocumented people living in the United States. He’s voted to militarize the southern border, has opposed the federal DREAM Act, and once sponsored a bill to more quickly deport Central American children.
    So when it comes to the upcoming election for his Senate seat, it might not seem like Cornyn is the ideal choice for progressive Texans who want comprehensive immigration reform. But after a debate Friday night between Cornyn and his Democratic opponent Dr. David Alameel, some Latino leaders told ThinkProgress that they would be voting for Cornyn anyway.
    “I have never voted for [Cornyn], but this time I’m going to, because we have no choice,” said Rene Martinez, a district director for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and staunch supporter of progressive immigration reform. “Alameel doesn’t have a chance, so I’d rather be standing right behind [Cornyn], and have him turn to people like us for advice.”

    • 74 jackiegrumbacher
      October 25, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Oh, Lord, this is the most ass backward thinking I’ve heard in a long time. Sure, stand right next to Cornyn so it’ll be easier for him to stab you in the back. I guess you can’t fix stupid.

  20. 77 desertflower
    October 25, 2014 at 5:42 pm


    Fox News admitted on Tuesday that a conservative-led lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act would raise health care premiums for millions of Americans. But then in its on-screen chyron, the network sought to attribute the increases not to the litigants involved in the case, but to President Obama, potentially confusing viewers.

    • 78 africa
      October 25, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      The level of dishonesty at Fox (not a news organization) is breathtaking.

      Helllllo DF 🙂 🙂

      • 79 desertflower
        October 25, 2014 at 6:04 pm

        Dishonesty is why they were born in the first place:) The sad, pathetic part of this is that people actually BELIEVE the crap they see on there! No critical thinking skills…. aside from that, Hello to my africa:) How’s hubby doing?

  21. 80 Nena20409
    October 25, 2014 at 5:42 pm

  22. 81 Nena20409
    October 25, 2014 at 5:49 pm

  23. 82 donna dem 4 obama
    October 25, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Early voted this afternoon and was somewhat upset that there was barely anyone there voting. I made a comment to the nice gentlemen who helped me to my voting booth and he said oh no….this place was packed on Thursday and Friday so that made me feel a lot better. He said that it had been a steady flow all day today but that people rushed to vote on the 1st and 2nd days of early voting and they did in big numbers. 🙂

    Then I went into the campaign office and made 112 calls. It goes really fast because most of the calls go to voice mail, or are non-working or wrong numbers. These are now GOTV calls so the people who did answer were 7 very supportive and will be voting for democrats, 1 who refused to say who she was voting for and two hang ups. Not bad for 10 days out.

    Please consider volunteering with your local Democratic Party. They really can use your help. There are many ways you can help. Data entry is needed as well as phone banking. Also, remember that those volunteers could use bottle water, a nice salad a pizza or fruit. Some of them are there for hours making those calls.

  24. 84 africa
    October 25, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Oh, another little note today from Christ HQ. We were talking about media. I was telling the folks there about TOD and our support for PBO. The volunteers talked about how 2010 was brutal and we can’t afford to have a repeat in 2014. I mentioned Ed Shultz. One volunteer said she does not watch him any more. She and another talked about the negativity that spews from Chris Matthews daily. They talked about how smart PBO is, how they trust him because he is always a step ahead. They talked about how he never gets credits for stuff, but how he quietly does things and it shuts up the critics. I told them I call it the Boomerang effect.

    One of the other ladies said, it is almost as if the MSM is trying to discourage us from voting. I invited them to checkout TOD.

    These women were well informed and on top of what is going on around the country in other states.

    When I asked how they thought we were looking as far as Crist winning, the woman who mans the office daily (along with her daughter) said she believes Crist will win it. She said we could take more than the Florida governorship if we voted in mass number. I told her again: Yes. We vote, We win!!

    Throughout the morning/afternoon, people trickled in, some to volunteer, some to pick up yard signs, etc.

    The woman who runs the Democratic Women’s group here is a pistol.

    Anywhoo, I hope we kick out a as many GOP as we can. They are really bad for the country.

    • 85 hopefruit2
      October 25, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks africa for sharing your volunteering experience and for your work on the Crist campaign!! Very encouraging that people trust our president and are on to the B.S. from the so-called Liberals on MSNBC. I do believe that Crist will be the next governor of FL.

  25. 86 Nena20409
    October 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm

  26. 89 Nena20409
    October 25, 2014 at 6:02 pm

  27. 90 Nena20409
    October 25, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Yes, GOPers……Dems Care for the Health Care of all Americans.

    JFK new so and said so.

    “If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”

    ― John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage

  28. 91 desertflower
    October 25, 2014 at 6:09 pm


    Republicans absolutely love free, unregulated capitalism.

    And why wouldn’t they? In the absence of regulation, millionaires and corporations are free to exploit the working class for their own personal benefit. With no set regulations in place, those at the top of the societal pyramid are free to do as they will with their accumulated wealth, including using their vast fortunes to provide themselves with even more money, even if others have to suffer for them to do so. In a country where the richest 1% of Americans have captured 95% of the post-financial crisis growth since 2009, there have been limitless opportunities for them to add to their newly added wealth at the expense of other, less financially stable citizens.

    Nowhere has this model been more apparent than the city of Detroit.

  29. October 25, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Best resource I’ve been able to find re: Ukraine’s Parliamentary Election which will be underway in a few hours (Ukraine time)
    View at Medium.com

    • October 25, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      Weird. When I refresh the page, I see your link for the briefest of moments, and then it’s gone.

      • October 25, 2014 at 7:48 pm

        When I’m updating, I’m typically RT’ing a dozen or more tweets that I’ve assembled on various topics so during that phase you might see a tweet and then a few moments later another will appear. In any case, if you scroll the sidebar you will find each of them, and, to the extent possible, they’ll be ordered ‘topically’ (e.g., Kobani, Erdogan foolishness, Iran, various US political candidates, Ukraine, Occupy Hong, etc.).


      • October 25, 2014 at 7:50 pm

        Oh, now I see what you are referring, LL.

        UGH – No idea what that URL didn’t persist.

        Here is the tweet that contains it …

  30. 96 Vicki
    October 25, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Ferguson-Florrisant and Clayton school districts have sent notices home to parents about emergency procedures for closing the schools. They advise parents to be ready to pick their kids up if necessary. The SD reminds parents that these are the same procedures that will occur with weather emergencies.

    The midterm election is in 10 days.

  31. October 25, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    • October 25, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      So that little black boy on the right wants to secede as well, to where I ask? 😀

    • October 26, 2014 at 2:25 am

      I say if some of these Idiots in Texas want to “SECDEE (sic)” we should let them do so, provided they abide by this specific condition: the majority of people in Austin, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio must have the right to decide if they want to remain in the United States or join Texas secession.

      • October 26, 2014 at 7:15 am

        “…majority of people in Austin, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio must have the right to decide if they want to remain in the United States…”

        I suspect the majority would want to stay, in those major cities and throughout Texas. It’s just a relatively few nutballs who are talking secession and making all the noise [empty wagons]. *They* should just go ahead and renounce their citizenship — and all the benefits of being a U.S. citizen — and find another country [maybe Russia] that would allow them to colonize, similar to the establishment of Liberia.

  32. October 25, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    In an hour and 20 minutes I shall be going home, having leftover Popeye’s chicken, and crashing. I feel a bit off after my flu shot yesterday.

  33. October 25, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    When We Vote We Win…..@VoteDEMNovember2014

  34. 104 forus50
    October 25, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    So I early voted today and it was 17 pages with multiple candidates on each page but most of it was judges for Cook County, none of which I know since I’m not an attorney or a criminal. 🙂 Almost all the Chicago/Illinois Dem incumbents were running unopposed. The only one that had any real close opponent was the guy at the top of the ticket, Governor Quinn. Every Democratic candidate was listed first; I’m assuming it was because they were the incumbent but I don’t recall that in 2012.

    I tried to volunteer for Quinn today but got some bad information on location and ended up not being able to do much. I’ll get out again next weekend.

  35. 106 hopefruit2
    October 25, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    • October 26, 2014 at 2:36 am

      excellent tweet, swbluega! This is the question that must be answered by people who advocate/promote the stupid idea that not voting somehow sends a powerful message to the two political parties.

  36. 109 hopefruit2
    October 25, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    I’m really curious to know where the hell she got these “worsening” projections from – because methinks this is a whole bunch of CRAP!

    • October 25, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      This is her typical bull shit, hf2. Blocked her a long time ago.

      • 111 hopefruit2
        October 25, 2014 at 7:56 pm

        Okay – glad to know that I wasn’t the only one with misgivings about her. I’m going to do the same.

    • 112 jziglar
      October 25, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      It sounds like some more BS. I think many of us knew that 2010 was going to be a based on the facts on the ground and the polls. In this election a lot of races have been close but the dems look poised to maintain the senate and make some gains in other races. All I see are the same crappy polling outfits that made predictions that Romney was going to win.

  37. October 25, 2014 at 7:45 pm


    I think about this tweet from Kristol

    • 114 jacquelineoboomer
      October 25, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      I can’t even stand to look at Alison, but I hope she wins! #BeingADemocratIn2014

      • October 26, 2014 at 2:50 am

        I am with you JOB! I want Alison to win so that Democrats can retain the majority in the U.S. Senate; but I also truly despise her lack of courage to stand with President Obama. She totally squandered a golden opportunity to educate the people in Kentucky about the historic benefits of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., Obama Care) for the vast majority of the people in Kentucky.

        • 116 jacquelineoboomer
          October 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm

          nath – I was looking back for the “There is an endless supply of paint” post last night and spotted your name – and wondered whether you’d been around lately. And here you are when I open up TOD today. Amazing.

          Next, I shall wonder why a new convertible is not parked in my driveway, with my name on it. Ha.

          Enjoy your day!

  38. October 25, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    How is she doing?

  39. October 25, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Now I am in moderation? Not sure what that means but hello invisible moderator?

  40. October 25, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Debate results: Jeane Shaheen 73% Scott Brown 27%

  41. October 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm


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