Obama’s Economy, Healthcare Law Still Hammering Away at Arizona, Hispanics

Healthcare Law Penalizes Uninsured, Hispanics Twice As Likely to Lack Health Insurance

PHOENIX – When President Obama’s healthcare law goes into full effect in 2014, millions of Americans who don’t have health insurance will be forced to pay an average penalty of $1,200.  As seen in a new report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released yesterday,  government officials are still measuring the impact of the healthcare law passed more than two years ago, and the news is not good.

Arizona will be especially hard-hit by Obama’s healthcare law, because not only is the unemployment rate among Hispanics already up to 10.2% — more than two points higher than the national average — the uninsured rate among Hispanics is 30%, nearly twice the national average of 16%.  Arizona’s Hispanic population is about 30% of Arizona’s 6.5 million residents.

As the Associated Press reports:

“Nearly 6 million Americans — significantly more than first estimated— will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday. Most would be in the middle class.  The new estimate amounts to an inconvenient fact for the administration, a reminder of what critics see as broken promises.  The numbers from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are 50 percent higher than a previous projection by the same office in 2010, shortly after the law passed.  The earlier estimate found 4 million people would be affected in 2016, when the penalty is fully in effect.” (Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press, 9/19/2012)

“President Obama and Democrats like Richard “Rubberstamp” Carmona that support this new healthcare law are ignoring Arizona’s residents, especially Hispanics,” said Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert.  “Every day we hear bad news about either the economy or healthcare, but today it’s both — and the only good news is that we have the opportunity to stop Obama and Carmona and put Mitt Romney in the White House and Jeff Flake in the U.S. Senate.”


Health Insurance and Hispanics

  • Uninsured rate national average among all groups is 15.7% (“Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011” United States Census Bureau, Table 7)
  • Uninsured rate among Hispanics is 30.1%, or 15.8 million people (“Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011” United States Census Bureau, Table 7)

Obama’s Healthcare Penalizes Uninsured

After accounting for those who will not be subject to the penalty tax, CBO and JCT now estimate that about 6 million people will pay a penalty because they are uninsured in 2016 (a figure that includes uninsured dependents who have the penalty paid on their behalf) and that total collections will be about $7 billion in 2016 and average about $8 billion per year over the 2017–2022 period. Those estimates differ from projections that CBO and JCT made in April 2010: About two million more uninsured people are now projected to pay the penalty each year, and collections are now expected to be about $3 billion more per year.  (“Payments of Penalties for Being Uninsured Under the Affordable Care Act,” Congressional Budget Office, 9/19/12)



  1. Conservative American says

    I can’t believe that the Arizona Republican Party put their name on this article! This has to be the most disgusting piece of political special interest pandering I have ever seen! Aside from that, it is completely disingenuous! Let’s look at what is REALLY going on here!

    Who is Carmona’s Republican opponent for U. S. Senator from Arizona? Why it’s Jeff Flake! Well then, if the Arizona Republican Party wants “the Hispanic vote”, a term which is itself insulting, all it has to do is to remind that segment of Hispanic voters who support amnesty for illegal aliens of Jeff Flake’s infamous STRIVE Act!

    You see Jeff Flake co-authored, along with “progressive” Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez of Chicago, the STRIVE Act which would have given amnesty to illegal aliens. You know, those folks who chose not to wait their turn to enter the U. S. lawfully but instead cut in line in front of those following the law. Yes, those illegal aliens who are here now competing for jobs with Hispanic U. S. citizens.

    Who co-sponsored Flake’s STRIVE Act? Why none other than then Congressman Rahm Emanuel, they guy who became B. Hussein Obama’s White House Chief of Staff and who is now Mayor of Chicago!

    If Obama goes, Obamacare goes. So pledged Mitt Romney. But if Flake is elected, we’ll still have a U. S. Senator from Arizona whose office told me is “proud” of his collaboration with “progressive” Democrat Luis Gutierrez of Chicago on the STRIVE amnesty Act!

    If you want to get rid of Obamacare, get rid of Obama! If you want to get rid of an amnesty supporting RINO, vote Jeff Flake to the private sector!

  2. The list of names endorsing Jeff Flake makes me want to vomit:


    ….and none more so than immigration enforcement champions state senator Sylvia Allen and state rep. John Kavanagh.

    This race is a battle for the Arizona Republican party more than it is the U.S. senate seat. I will NOT stand with these Republicans who have flushed immigration enforcement down the toilet for their party to remain in control of the seat. Your betrayal of the biggest issue facing Arizona and bowing and breaking to the cancerous McCain Machine is simply THE trigger for myself and many others to run right out and vote for Carmona, and that is exactly what I’ll do.

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