He told me in Spanish: “ObamaCare me esta matando”!

Like many of you, I stop and get my morning coffee in the same place. It’s not unusual to talk a little politics over coffee these days.

I asked the manager: Were you surprised that Trump did so well with Hispanics? He answered no. By the way, my friend is a legal immigrant from Mexico with an outstanding work ethic and wonderful family.

There is a bit of disbelief in some corners about the Hispanic vote and president-elect Trump. it certainly did not turn out as predicted.   In other words, Hispanics voted for Trump after all, as we see in this USA Today report:

The Hispanic vote was bigger and more influential in the 2016 presidential election, just as predicted, but it also provided one surprise: more support for President-elect Donald Trump than expected.

Hispanics favored Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton 65% to 29%, a 36-point difference that helped her secure winning margins in states like Nevada and Colorado and kept her competitive late into the night in other key battleground states.

But that margin, based on exit polling conducted by Edison Research, was smaller than the 71%-27% split that President Obama won in 2012. And it was smaller than the 72%-21% her husband, former president Bill Clinton, won in 1996.

Why did he do that well? My friend gave me the answer, and it is ObamaCare.

He told me what his new premium would be and screamed in Spanish:  “Obama Care me esta matando”!

He told me that several of friends had similar complaints.

Another problem with ObamaCare and Hispanics is the idea that they are being forced to get it.   My experience over the years is that a lot of Hispanics pay cash for the doctors or medicine.  This is especially true of young men who rarely use insurance.

So what about the experts? They were wrong, specially so many in the Hispanic media. Why so wrong? My experience is that many Hispanic journalists are really Democrats working at a news agency.

Finally, the GOP has to do better. We will need more than 30% of a growing voting bloc. Hopefully, we can now focus on economic growth and school choice.

Let’s do that and you will see that 30% grow over time!

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Obama Care is what happens when you try to fix a problem that we didn’t have

It started with Schumer, Harkin and Webb.  It will very likely grow as more and more Democrats realize that The Affordable Health Care Act is the political equivalent of the Titanic.   

Obama Care’s main problem is it tried to fix problems that we never had.   It looks like Democrats are realizing that now.    They are painfully learning that messing with 1/6 of our economy will have lots of consequences, specially unintended ones.

In January, we will majorities, and I mean bipartisan majorities, ready to start “undoing” the law, as W James Antle III pointed out:

“Come January, majorities in both houses of Congress will favor its repeal. Repealing the individual mandate, the employer mandate and IPAB all have bipartisan support.
The health-care law faces another legal challenge at the Supreme Court. The Halbig case could make Obamacare a very expensive proposition if the justices rule people who bought health insurance from the federal exchange are ineligible for subsidies.
Even without Halbig, a Wall Street Journal analysis found that Americans are spending 42 percent more on health insurance than in 2007. Obamacare isn’t the only reason, but the law does mandate the purchase of more expensive health plans.
Affordable Care Act, indeed.””

We had health care problems in 2009 that should have been addressed on a case by case basis.   Sadly, President Obama so misunderstood the 2008 election that he felt that the country was ready for something big on health care but it really wasn’t.   

We needed simple laws that addressed “preexisting conditions”, people who lose their health insurance over job changes or layoffs, and a plan to take care of the uninsured.   Most of all, we should have given the middle class “tax credits” to purchase family plans if they didn’t get it at work.

President Obama would have enjoyed bipartisan support for those kind of solutions.    

They could have happened in 2009 and the Democrats would have benefited politically from common sense solutions to the problems.   

Instead, they are burdened with Obama Care and not happy about it.

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