Univision advocating for ObamaCare

posted at 10:41 am on March 28, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier, we found out from Marc Caputo’s reporting at the Miami Herald just how far Univision might go to push Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions in 2016. Kate Nocera at BuzzFeed now informs us that Univision isn’t waiting for 2016 to promote the Democrats’ agenda. The Spanish-language broadcaster is making a full-court push for ObamaCare, even as its audience grows increasingly disenchanted with the law:

For more than a year, the Spanish-language television network Univision has embarked on their own company-wide effort to get Latinos signed up on the exchanges, working through newscasts, special programming, advertising partnerships, and a dedicated health care website.

Univision has not only been providing information to their viewers as to how to sign up but openly encouraging them to do so.

The network’s “empowerment initiatives” team — which focuses primarily on health and educational programming — began looking for partners to help their audience find coverage last year. Univision ultimately went with the California Endowment and the Ford Foundation, launching in earnest last April.

The company makes no bones about what they were trying to do. Empowerment Initiatives Director Stephen Keppel told BuzzFeed that the company thinks “it’s better to have health insurance than not to have it” and because of the high number of uninsured Latinos, it was an important initiative for them to take on.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) lauds the “corporate responsibility” of Univision for its efforts. Oddly enough, Rep. Gutierrez was a lot less enamored of corporate speech in politics just a month ago, when he co-sponsored the “Government By the People Act,” which attempted to undo the effects of the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision by subsidizing individual political donations. I wonder how Gutierrez feels about Hobby Lobby’s insistence that it has both an individual and corporate right to free religious expression?

Univision certainly has the right to conduct political speech, but let’s remember that it springs from the same Constitutional amendment as the right to religious expression, and Univision is a lot less closely held than Hobby Lobby or Citizens United. If Univision wants to brand itself as the Spanish-language arm of the Democratic Party, that’s their choice — but Republicans should take that into consideration when deciding on interviews and election debates.

Besides, the all-in looks a lot like hitching a wagon to a lame donkey, even in their demographic:

According to a new University of Texas poll, a majority of Texas Hispanics have an ‘unfavorable’ view of Obamacare, with an amazing 41% saying their view is ‘very unfavorable.’

“Supporters of the President’s health care law still insist its some great gift fro the nation’s Hispanics,” said Daniel Garza, who heads the LIBRE Initiative.  “They keep telling Latinos to sign up and pay for plans, and make unilateral changes to their own deadlines in attempts to continue selling the law to the public.  But Hispanics in Texas, just like other Hispanic communities across the country, have now lost all hope that any fixes or delays will improve this failed program.

The Texas numbers are matching figures which are emerging in other states.  57% of Hispanics in Colorado say they also disapproved of Obamacare.  Nationally, a recent poll from The Pew Foundation illustrated that Hispanics were split on the law, signaling a sharp drop in support just since late last year.

It’s not just Texas either, but here’s the chart of the poll and its demographics:

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In the same poll, ObamaCare favorability among independents is 21/59. A recent poll in Colorado shows 57% of Latinos voters in that state oppose ObamaCare, too.  The most recent Pew poll looks only slightly better nationwide, with a 47/47 split among Latinos.

If Democrats think Univision will help turn Texas blue, they’d better rethink that policy. Right now, the only impact might be that it turns Univision off. And let’s circle back around to Univision’s 2o16 plans, too. With this kind of polling, does Univision really want to end up as the bridge connecting Hillary Clinton to ObamaCare advocacy in the next presidential cycle?


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Estoy asombrado, ¡asombrado!

steebo77 on March 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM

That’s part of those millions this administration is paying for advertising, that’s all. Oh yes, you are paying for it with your tax dollars.

Pardonme on March 28, 2014 at 10:46 AM

we can whine about this all we want, but the solution is to offer an alternative viewpoint (if demand for it even exists among hispanics)

like liberals whining about talk radio

commodore on March 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

C’mon, Hispanics, you ain’t getting your immigration reform unless O’Bambi gets his ObamaCare target numbers!

Maddie on March 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Who isn’t advocating for ObamaCare these days? Oh right, the people who have to endure ObamaCare.

Fenris on March 28, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Why is it called ‘Univision’? Think about…

vnvet on March 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

In 5 years….

Mexico will argue that the Southwest is has been historically Hispanic. Just like Crimea we need to look our for the Mexicans in United States. We propose to that the US returns the Southwest to Mexico.

Oil Can on March 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

These Hispanics aren’t co-operating…let’s import more and sign em’ up at the Mexican Consulates. – DNC

workingclass artist on March 28, 2014 at 10:52 AM

“Cancel your cell phone and/or Univision….” – Economic Devastator in Chief

Electrongod on March 28, 2014 at 10:53 AM

***

like liberals whining about talk radio

commodore on March 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Since when are liberals whining about subsidizing talk radio?

BuckeyeSam on March 28, 2014 at 10:53 AM

If Univision wants to brand itself as the Spanish-language arm of the Democratic Party, that’s their choice — but Republicans should take that into consideration when deciding on interviews and election debates.

The RNC should decline having any debates moderated by journalists. George Stephanopolis threw out a random question concerning abortion to set up the War on Women meme for OFA during a foreign policy debate in the GOP primary debates. Candy Crowley put down her bucket of extra-crispy pretty, waved a transcript she just happened to have, and lied her ass off about what it said was the bookend that killed it for them all.

The RNC should take complete control of the primary debates and broadcast them on the web. Content will be offered to the networks but at no time does the media get to control the narrative the way that happened in the above two examples. For the general election debates- same rules apply during negotiation. If the Dems want a debate then it has to be a respectable and clearly honest moderator. Not a fat cow or a former Clinton official.

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Liz Goowin always lives in obama’s azz.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM

No, no puedes!!!

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Univision: The Racist Channel.

ConstantineXI on March 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Si, se puede, amigos!!!

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Univision’s leftist slant is nothing new.

DisneyFan on March 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM

we can whine about this all we want, but the solution is to offer an alternative viewpoint (if demand for it even exists among hispanics)

like liberals whining about talk radio

commodore on March 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM

What’s your alternative, Einstein?

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM

These thugs assume that all Latinos are ignorant leftist moochers.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM

obama considers us dummies” — Latinos

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Part of the outreach to illegals, I’m guessing.

Midas on March 28, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Schadenfreude, pure – obama and his are all charlatans.

Goebbels loves them, foremost Nurse Ratched.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Welcome to the US of Zimbabwe.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:08 AM

In 5 years….

Mexico will argue that the Southwest is has been historically Hispanic. Just like Crimea we need to look our for the Mexicans in United States. We propose to that the US returns the Southwest to Mexico.

Oil Can on March 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Texans will defend themselves in a way the Crimeans didn’t.

Just saying.

Midas on March 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM

“obama considers us dummies” — Latinos

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Is that Latinos or “lat-TEEN-ose” as the left likes to pronounce it?

Happy Nomad on March 28, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Si se puede!

John the Libertarian on March 28, 2014 at 11:12 AM

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DIRECT LINK TO AUDIO: 8 Point Plan to Destroy America.

This 3 minute audio tape was made in 2003 by former Colorado Governor Dick Lamm, a liberal Democrat.

A MUST LISTEN.

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 11:14 AM

That’s Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) D-Mexico.

GarandFan on March 28, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) lauds the “corporate responsibility” of Univision for its efforts.

In other words, the company is going along with the fascism.

rbj on March 28, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Morning J. – do you ever sleep? :)

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Why obama wants to destroy America

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:23 AM

America was warned

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Good morning, Paladin. :)

Rarely and sporadically my friend. :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM

No es bueno!

Ukiah on March 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM

J., the leftist truth-squad gives your story a “True”.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM

These thugs assume that all Latinos are ignorant leftist moochers.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Well they’ve been getting away with it for the most part for years… why wouldn’t they continue to assume that with all their voter victim-hood groups?

Ukiah on March 28, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Caesar Chavez Dedicated His Life to Fighting For American Workers

Chavez stood against illegal immigration with vehemence and sought to protect American workers of every ethnicity.

His comment on La Raza :

…when you say ‘la raza,’ you are saying an anti-gringo thing, and it won’t stop there. Today it’s anti-gringo, tomorrow it will be anti-Negro, and the day after it will be anti-Filipino, anti-Puerto Rican. And then it will be anti-poor-Mexican, and anti-darker-skinned Mexican….La raza is a very dangerous concept.

Another must read article. Find out who the real Ceasar Chavez was, not the one the open borders/pro amnesty groups invented.

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I’m trying to post an article on the real Caesar Chavez who stood staunchly against illegal immigration…not the one the pro amnesty/open borders groups invented.

Mod ate it.

Let me try again.

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Ceasar Chavez Dedicated His Life To Standing Up For American Workers

Meet the real Ceasar Chavez, not the one Hollywood and the pro amnesty/open borders groups invented to serve their purposes.

Must read. See what he thought of la raza.

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Oops. lol! Should have waited a minute. ;)

Twice over is twice as nice. :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Rarely and sporadically my friend. :)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 11:25 AM

C/b always and never, ever vigilant, like the ones who watch over you, but don’t always listen to you :)

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM

I find it amazing how the elites, even the minority elites, are out of touch with the people, the ordinary folk.

ojfltx on March 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM</blockquote

lol! ;)

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 11:37 AM

In 5 years….

Mexico will argue that the Southwest is has been historically Hispanic. Just like Crimea we need to look our for the Mexicans in United States. We propose to that the US returns the Southwest to Mexico.

Oil Can on March 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

The Italian island of Sardinia is going to vote, soon, to either split from Italy, like Venice just voted to do, or to join Switzerland. What they forgot to check is “do the Swiss want us?”

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:38 AM

An extra thought, someone should come up with a conservative Spanish channel. There must be conservative Spanish voices that can convey the message to the Latinos.

ojfltx on March 28, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Another reason why the Republicans should take greater control of the debate process as so eloquently stated in a previous post…

“Hola! This is Univision calling to moderate a Presidential candidate debate…”

CLICK!

Khun Joe on March 28, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Ceasar Chavez Dedicated His Life To Standing Up For American Workers

Meet the real Ceasar Chavez, not the one Hollywood and the pro amnesty/open borders groups invented to serve their purposes.

Must read. See what he thought of la raza.

thatsafactjack on March 28, 2014 at 11:32 AM

He was also NOT A FAN OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS because they couldn’t join the United Farm Workers union, diluting his powerbase and costing him MONEY… I saw that first hand growing up in California…

Khun Joe on March 28, 2014 at 11:49 AM

In 5 years….

Mexico will argue that the Southwest is has been historically Hispanic. Just like Crimea we need to look our for the Mexicans in United States. We propose to that the US returns the Southwest to Mexico.

Oil Can on March 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Texans will defend themselves in a way the Crimeans didn’t.

Just saying.

Midas on March 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM

People outside of the state don’t seem to understand that some in our latino community have roots going back to before the Republic and they don’t have any connection with Mexico except in an abstract, far distant way. They are Texans first, a large portion of them are very conservative and they (mostly) don’t vote according to “group think” the way progs expect them to.

jffree1 on March 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Don’t miss this.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 1:07 PM

I love Despierta America…

tlynch001 on March 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM

The Italian island of Sardinia is going to vote, soon, to either split from Italy, like Venice just voted to do, or to join Switzerland. What they forgot to check is “do the Swiss want us?”

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 11:38 AM

That’s funny. I didn’t think Sardinia is anywhere near Switzerland.

crankyoldlady on March 28, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Si, se puede

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 1:47 PM

In 5 years….

Mexico will argue that the Southwest is has been historically Hispanic. Just like Crimea we need to look our for the Mexicans in United States. We propose to that the US returns the Southwest to Mexico.

Oil Can on March 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Texans will defend themselves in a way the Crimeans didn’t.

Just saying.

Midas on March 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM

People outside of the state don’t seem to understand that some in our latino community have roots going back to before the Republic and they don’t have any connection with Mexico except in an abstract, far distant way. They are Texans first, a large portion of them are very conservative and they (mostly) don’t vote according to “group think” the way progs expect them to.

jffree1 on March 28, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Agreed.

That’s why they prefer to identify as Tejanoes = Texans in spanish

workingclass artist on March 28, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Goebbels loves the CMS

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Great news!

The more the major media, including Univision, keep advocating and covering for Obama, the more people will come to realize how they covered for him for four years to get him reelected.

Their credibility is being systematically destroyed by their own malice towards America, and that’s a good thing.

Adjoran on March 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

maricón de mierda

Murphy9 on March 28, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Univision: The real reason poor people get free cable.

BobMbx on March 28, 2014 at 4:31 PM