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Poll shows many Hispanics still without health insurance

By: Ruben Veloz
EL PASO, Texas -- A new study showed more people are living with health insurance than they did six years ago, but researchers say Hispanics are still the largest group of Americans without health insurance.
 
Gallup interviewed 28,000 Americans from Jan 2. Feb. 28 and found the number of uninsured people has fallen from 17.1 percent in 2013 to 15.9 percent in early 2014.

"We make too much to get Medicare and too little to afford it, said northeast resident Mario Mendoza.

Mendoza has a full-time job with health benefits, but said hes sometimes afraid he will have to drop his health insurance.

"I have a family and I have insurance, but it's going up every single year and it's almost to the point where I can't afford it anymore, said Mendoza.

The survey also showed the percentage of Americans getting insurance through an employer fell to 43.4 percent.

Researchers believe it may be due to the number of people signing up for the Affordable Care Act.

"Health insurance is important because one bad bill could ruin my life. I cant afford to pay $250,000 without insurance, said Mendoza.

So far 4.2 million Americans have signed up for the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration hopes more people will rush to sign up before the March 31 deadline, however Mendoza believes many middle class Americans still don't feel like they can afford health insurance because of the economy. 

They offer it but we can't afford to pay they health insurance, they don't pay our rent, they don't put food on the table, said Mendoza.

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