WH: 'Buenos Días,' Obese Latinos, Obamacare's Got You Covered

September 17, 2013 - 2:15 PM

"Buenos Días," writes the White House in an e-mail promoting Obamacare to Latinos.

"To celebrate Hispanic Heritage month and the opening of the Health Insuring Marketplace, this week, the White House is highlighting how Latinos benefit from the Affordable Care Act," White House Associate Director Office of Public Engagement Julie Chávez Rodriguez writes.

Latinos, especially women, need Obamacare because they're more obese than whites, she says:

"Latinos suffer from certain illnesses at higher levels than white Americans. Roughly 31.9 percent of Latinos were obese in 2010, compared to 26.1 percent of whites, with the disparity greater among women (33.1 percent compared to 24.5 percent)[1]. While Latinos are less likely to have heart disease compared to non-Hispanic whites primarily due to their young median age, they face higher rates of the risk factors that can lead to heart disease such as obesity and diabetes[2]."

And, since one in three Latinos are uninsured, Obamacare will provide 10.2 million Latino Americans "an opportunity to get affordable health insurance," she writes.

And, more than 900,000 additional Latinos are now on their parents' plans, thanks to Obamacare:

"913,000 Latino young adults between ages 19 and 25 who would have been uninsured now have coverage under their parent's employer-sponsored or individually purchased health plan."