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Hispanic advocates jump into health debate

Washington Post, November 12, 2009

After trying to carefully balance their interests in healthcare reform and immigration, the nation's Hispanic lawmakers and largest advocacy groups are scrambling to develop a strategy to counter what they see as efforts to shortchange immigrants in health bills on Capitol Hill, the Washington Post reports. Many of them believe that a healthcare overhaul is vital to their community, which is disproportionately uninsured and suffers from a host of chronic illnesses, the Post reports. Under the health bill passed in the House on Saturday, illegal immigrants would be allowed to buy insurance on a newly created exchange with their own money and without government subsidies.