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Chart showing Latino versus white support for Affordable Care Act.
Add their zeal to repeal Obamacare to the list of things that dooms Republicans with Latinos.
Latinos, who have the lowest rates of health coverage in the country, are among the strongest backers of PresidentObama's healthcare law. In a recent national poll, supporters outnumbered detractors by more than 2 to 1. Latinos also overwhelmingly see guaranteeing healthcare as a core government responsibility, surveys show.
As a group, Latinos represent the largest chunk of uninsured Americans. Thirty percent of Latino citizens and permanent residents are uninsured, compared to 11 percent of whites and 17 perent of blacks, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And Latinos, as a whole, have no problem with government stepping in to make sure health care is available to everyone. Two-thirds of respondents in a Latino Decisions poll from 2012 said that it's the government's role to make sure health insurance is accessible to everyone.

Of course, Republicans don't see the problem as them being out of step on fundamental principles among Latinos. They see it as Latinos just being flat-out wrong on the issue and in need of reeducation on the evils of affordable health care.

Republican National Committee spokeswoman Alexandra Franceschi expressed confidence that Latinos would ultimately recognize that the law raises costs and burdens businesses. "We're going to do a better job explaining why this law is negatively affecting all Americans, including the Hispanic community," she said.
Silly brown people, don't know what's good for them. Just like the women, the gays, the olds, the poors....

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 08:24 AM PDT.

Also republished by LatinoKos and Daily Kos.

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