After the House this week narrowly passed a bill to repeal so-called Obamacare and replace it with a health care program endorsed by President Trump, advocacy groups stood up to warn constituents that the Republican strategy for insurance coverage could put millions of Latinos into the frigid waters of the uninsured.
It has been estimated that 20 million to 24 million Americans would lose their health insurance as a result of the American Health Care Act, aka Trumpcare. L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn said in a statement this week that "potentially millions of families here in L.A. County" could be affected by the Trump plan. The bill narrowly passed on Thursday, with not one Democrat supporting it and 20 Republicans voting no. It faces a Senate where some leaders have vowed to start from scratch, so it's not a sure thing.
But Latino groups this week weighed in with alarm, saying that the bill that would essentially withdraw health care expansion under Obama's Affordable Care Act while wreaking havoc on the health of the Golden State's largest racial or ethnic group, Latinos.
"Latinos were the group that benefited the most from Obamacare because they had the highest uninsured rate in the country," says Jorge Silva, senior communications adviser for the Latino Victory Project and the former national director of Hispanic media for the Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.