Health Law's Promise Of Coverage Not Resonating With Miami's Uninsured

Benito Garcia is 56, a sturdy auto mechanic who lives in the working-class enclave of Hialeah. He came to the United States from Cuba in 2006, became a U.S. citizen and will vote for the first time next week. When asked if he prefers President Barack Obama or former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, he replies "I haven't decided" with a sardonic grin that tells the questioner that it’s none of his business.

Garcia has brought his niece and her infant child for a checkup at the Peñalver Clinic, a cool, airy stucco building in Little Havana where the underserved residents of Florida's Miami-Dade County can receive primary health care at nominal fees. The niece and child are covered by Medicaid, but Garcia himself has no medical insurance, which does not particularly bother him. His boss doesn't offer it, and, anyway, he says with a shrug, "there's nothing wrong with me."

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Source: Kaiser Health News in collaboration with The Washington Post