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Florida Democratic Party Unveils Latinos Against Trump! With DNC Chair Tom Perez

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Sign the Latinos Against Trump petition here! 

The Florida Democratic Party today announced the launch of the petition Latinos Against Trump! during a roundtable on Hispanic and Latino health care issues headlined by Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez. A Spanish language version of the petition can be found HERE.

Terrie Rizzo, chair of the Florida Democratic Party, said it is important to lift up Hispanic and Latino voices:

“Hispanics have the most to lose from Donald Trump’s attempts to destroy health care coverage and his ineffectiveness in reining in high drug prices. Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, Hispanics have experienced the largest gains in health coverage, but still, have some of the highest rates of those without health insurance.

That is why we are launching our petition Latinos Against Trump! We hear Donald Trump’s false claims constantly, but we also need to hear from Hispanics who are harmed by his destructive policies and misinformation. Latinos Against Trump! raises up the voices of Hispanics and puts faces to the damage that Trump is doing to Hispanics.”

The event today included DNC Chair Tom Perez, Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo; Alianza for Progress director of communications, Adriana Rivera; Borinquen Medical Center president and CEO, Paul Velez; State Representative Cindy Polo (HD-103); SEIU Local 1991 President Martha Baker; and Latino health care stakeholders. The full event can be viewed HERE.

Key Points

  • Hispanic Children In Florida Face Higher Uninsurance Rates Than Their Black And White Counterparts: The Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University Health Policy Institute reported that 9.3 percent of Hispanic children in Florida were without health insurance in 2018, compared to 7.2 percent of Black Floridian children, and 6.3 percent of white non-Hispanic children. [Center for Children and Families, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, 12/02/19, 10/29/19]
  • Kaiser Family Foundation: Hispanics Experienced The Largest Gain In Coverage Since The Implementation Of The Affordable Care Act’s Coverage Expansions In 2014. “Since implementation of the major ACA health coverage expansions in 2014, people of color have experienced large coverage gains that helped narrow the longstanding racial and ethnic disparities in coverage. These gains reflected increases in both Medicaid and private coverage. Hispanics experienced the largest coverage gain.” [Kaiser Family Foundation, 2/13/19]
  • Latino Children’s Health Insurance Coverage Rates Improved To A Historic High Of 92.5 Percent In The Second Year After The ACA’s Coverage Provisions Took Effect. “Latino children’s coverage rates improved to a historic high of 92.5 percent in the second year after the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage provisions took effect. The number of uninsured Latino children declined by approximately 676,000, from 2 million in 2013 to 1.4 million in 2015. In this same time period, the uninsurance rate for Latino children dropped from 11.5 percent to 7.5 percent.” [Center for Children and Families, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, December 2016]