“It’s like Communism!” Pedro Fuentes said, spitting out the words after enrolling in a plan through the Affordable Care Act that would cost his family more than $90 a month.
No city in the country, when measured by ZIP codes, has more enrollments through the federal insurance exchange than Hialeah, one of the most Republican cities in America. But many of the people registering aren’t happy about it.
They don’t like President Obama. They don’t want health insurance. And they certainly can’t fathom having to pay a tax penalty for failing to get covered.
That has brought them here, to Ñooo Qué Barato (“Damn, How Cheap”), Hialeah’s best-known bargain store, where a banner by the entrance reads, in Spanish, REFORMA DE LA SALUD. Infórmese aquí. Inscríbase ahora.HEALTHCARE REFORM. Inform yourself here. Enroll now.
Photo credit: Patrick Farrell, Miami Herald staff