The Congressional Tri-Caucus—comprised of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus— released the following statements on the repeal of health care reform:
Representative Emanuel Cleaver II, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus said, “Eight million African Americans are currently uninsured or under-insured. Of those with coverage, half receive health insurance through an employer sponsored plan, while the other half rely on expensive self-pay programs. The Affordable Care Act provides $11 billion in new funding for community health centers where a quarter of the patients are black and expands Medicaid to cover an additional 4 million African Americans .”
Representative Charles Gonzalez, Chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus said, “Latinos are among the most uninsured in this country and 16 million stand to gain access to quality affordable-health care because of the health reform bill. Latinos are also more prone to have certain conditions that are easily managed by the preventive care that health care reform affords them.”
Representative Judy Chu, incoming Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus said, “It is clear that the Patients’ Rights Repeal Act will disproportionally affect Asian Americans who won’t have access to the healthcare they need. Unfortunately, it will also hurt the millions of Asian-owned small business across the country, by raising taxes on those businesses that are doing the right thing by offering health insurance to their employees.”
The Patients’ Rights Repeal Act will disproportionally affect Latinos who have the highest uninsured rate of any racial or ethnic group in the United States are less likely to be able to afford insurance. It will hurt African Americans, the majority of whom are not covered by an employer sponsored health insurance plan. And it will greatly affect Asian Americans who face disproportionate rates of deadly diseases like cervical cancer, breast cancer mortality and Hepatitis B and won’t be able to get the care needed to survive these illnesses.
The Tri-Caucus is committed to healthcare reform that expands coverage to all Americans while also reducing the serious health disparities that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minorities.