In the first publicly released survey analyzing Obamacare’s impact on Hispanics since the launch, 34 percent said health care costs will get worse under the law. The Latino Decisions poll of 300 Hispanic adults in Colorado from Oct. 14-18 also showed slight downturns in views of the law’s impact on the quality of health care and the ability of people to get or keep insurance.
Influencing those negative views is Spanish-language media, which frequently sympathizes with the administration’s goal of immigration reform but has been documenting the health care law’s troubled rollout. Univision, for example, interviewed a Brooklyn, N.Y., bakery owner whose phone number was mistakenly listed as a contact for ACA enrollment.
A leading Hispanic critic of the health care law and a potential presidential contender in 2016, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has seized on the delay of the Spanish-language website.
“Hispanics have among the highest uninsured rates in the nation. Yet despite hundreds of millions of dollars devoted to a Spanish-language propaganda campaign, the Spanish-language Obamacare website hasn’t even been launched,” Rubio said in a recent statement. “It’s not fair to punish anyone for not buying Obamacare when the website they are supposed to buy it on doesn’t work.”