Immigrant rejects Obamacare


Mosaic at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Coral Gables

Health plan seen as too generous

Ada Acevedo, 72, casually walked out of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Coral Gables, Fla., after casting her ballot in the 2012 election. “There are so many issues,” she said.

Stylish brown sunglasses shaded her eyes from the afternoon sun as she eloquently spoke of politics with a Cuban accent. She has lived in Florida for 51 years.

Born in Cuba, Acevedo has three sons who are all American-born. She said she was especially worried about how this election will affect the younger generation, including her 20-year-old granddaughter.

Among the more compelling issues for Acevedo are abortion and stem-cell research. “Kids have too much freedom in sex,” she said. Avevedo said she opposes abortion: “It only hurts the woman’s heart and mind.” Obama’s positions on birth control and abortion are too liberal for her, she explained.

Acevedo also said she objects to the president’s health care plan. “I don’t agree with Obamacare,” Acevedo said firmly. “I support immigrants, but we pay for a lot of [their] benefits.” The Cuban immigrant herself volunteers to help new arrivals but said it’s wrong for the government to support them fully. “They go home and spend their money there,” Acevedo said.

She agreed that “the poor must have insurance,” but suggested they need to work harder to support their families without government help.

She also is concerned about members of the younger generation who are just finishing school but not finding jobs. Acevedo said she believes there should be “more facilities for students who just finished learning.” She brought up her son, an orthopedic surgeon in West Palm Beach. “You know what will happen to him (if Obama is re-elected),” Acevedo said.

Acevedo said she voted for Mitt Romney.

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