Obamacare V. Hispanics

One of the problems with comparisons of race demographics in the United States or anywhere else is that they leave out other variables. For example, the fact that the average age of a Hispanic is 27, much younger than the average age of a White, is going to have implications. To compare generic Hispanics to generic whites will be misleading.

Forgetting that the average Hispanic is young can have another effect. It can allow people to assume that Hispanics will be naturally in favor of the Affordable Care Act. But that is a mistake.

Steven Cruz writes in a commentary for the Tampa Tribune,

What we’ve found is that Hispanic-Americans have had enough of Obamacare. According to a Quinnipiac University poll, 48 percent of U.S. Hispanics oppose the Affordable Care Act, despite having the highest percentage of uninsured at 29.1 percent.

Of course, it should surprise no one that Hispanics have so many uninsured if they realize that Hispanics are ten years younger than the national average. This minority is being targeted for forced insurance in order to subsidize the health care costs of older Americans. In fact, it seems that the raw truth is that Hispanics who don’t choose to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act are going to be fined for refusing to subsidize the insurance of older, richer whites.

Collectivism makes for strange forms of “justice.”

Cruz writes of himself and fellow Hispanics,

In Florida, we comprise about 23.2 percent of the population. But Obamacare is saddling my generation with an average 169 percent increase in our health insurance premiums.

As more Hispanics continue on to obtain higher education — 69 percent of Hispanics graduating in 2012 went on to college — Obamacare is making an impact at campuses all over the country.

It’s driving up the cost of premiums and causing colleges to cancel the affordable policies they traditionally made available to their students. At Bowie State University in Maryland, for example, Obamacare increased insurance premiums by 1,500 percent. Students who originally paid $54 would have ended up paying $900 per semester.

I suppose it adds insult to injury that the Spanish version of the Healthcare.gov website has errors. Though, if it discourages Hispanics from enrolling, they might be thankful for the slipshod job.

But even if Hispanics don’t enroll they will disproportionately be economically injured by Obamacare above the financial penalty for not enrolling. Not only are Hispanics young but over a quarter of them work in the services industry. These hourly jobs are the most common jobs to be ended or curtailed to part-time work by employers.

Hispanics are getting hurt by the “Affordable Care Act” in several ways. They are another reason the law needs to be repealed.