October 1st. is the date to start shopping for coverage at the health care insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Key to the success of this process--and of the success of the new law--is the participation of Latinos, who are in average younger and less covered by health insurance than the general population. To ensure that participation, a number of advocacy organizations, churches, and unions had taken to the road and launched media campaigns urging Latinos to buy health insurance.
At the same time, the right-wing of the Republican party in Congress, led by Sen. Ted Cruz and others in the House, is making a last-ditch effort to defund Obamacare, a self-defeating political move (and which at bottom is, as Gregg Sargent argues in his blog, the old conservative rejection of the welfare state), a move fiercely opposed within the GOP by moderate Republicans, and upon whose resolution depends the likelihood of a government shutddown. Read more at MSNBC First Read, The Washington Post.