Latinos Optimistic About Obamacare Launch

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Despite the GOPs last-ditch effort to defund it, the Affordable Care Act launched Tuesday, inciting excitement and confusion among Latinos trying to sign-up for coverage.

According to The National Council of La Raza, 30 percent of people uninsured in the U.S. are Latino. The Obama administration has been keen to pursue the Latino demographic, launching an awareness campaign over the last several weeks, Fox News Latino reports

“We’ve heard nothing but good things about the law,” said Paloma Zuleta, a spokeswoman for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), “Many of our members will be getting insurance for the first time and that is pretty exciting.”

LULAC, the largest and oldest HIspanic civil rights group in the nation, set up a website to walk applicants through the process of setting up healthcare coverage under Obamacare. Additionally, they’ve planned an online seminar for Tuesday night to answer questions about the law and application process. 

“For Latinos, the law will address inequities and increase access to quality, affordable health coverage,” LULAC said on its website.

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