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April 1, 2013 - 1:24 pm

ObamaCare was and is among the most destructive policies ever devised. It is killing jobs as Republicans predicted, and is also an intrusion on religious freedom. It threatens to put government between citizen and doctor, and creates unaffordable entitlements. Over time, it stands a good likelihood of bankrupting the private insurance industry, paving the way for a full government healthcare takeover. Whether that takeover happens before or after our debt catches up with us now is a grim parlor game. Either way, bad things are on the horizon and ObamaCare has a lot to do with that.

But thanks to the 1986 immigration amnesty in which the border was never secured, the porous border and the fight over the next amnesty, Republicans who despise ObamaCare on principle may find themselves embracing it anyway. If, that is, they want to win over a larger share of the Hispanic vote.

Latinos, who have the lowest rates of health coverage in the country, are among the strongest backers of President Obama‘s healthcare law. In a recent national poll, supporters outnumbered detractors by more than 2 to 1. Latinos also overwhelmingly see guaranteeing healthcare as a core government responsibility, surveys show.

“This is going to hurt Republicans,” said Matt Barreto, cofounder of Latino Decisions, a nonpartisan national polling firm. “When Republicans keep saying they will repeal the health law, Latinos hear the party is going to take away their healthcare.”

In one widely aired [Obama campaign] television ad, Cristina Saralegui, a popular talk-show host, explained in Spanish how the law would help millions of Latinos get health insurance. In another, a campaign volunteer visiting a middle-aged man with diabetes, which is widespread among Latinos, said: “Family is important to President Obama, and he understands that families that are fighters sometimes have lost everything when someone gets sick.”

Surveys indicate that close to 30% of Latino citizens and legal permanent residents lack health insurance. By comparison, just 11% of white and 17% of black Americans are uninsured, according to the latest data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Starting next year, the health law will provide hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies to low-income Americans and legal residents to help pay insurance premiums. Illegal immigrants cannot receive these subsidies.

They can if they’re granted legal status. Those subsidies that the Times mentions are paid for by taxpayers who are already paying for their own insurance. It would be nice if the media ever got around to discussing that.

The news here gets even better.

Nearly half of Latinos in a recent Pew Research Center poll said they trusted the federal government to do the right thing “always” or “most of the time.” Just 20% of white respondents felt that way. And two-thirds of Latinos believed the federal government should ensure that everyone has access to health insurance, a 2012 Latino Decisions survey found.

It’s an interesting thing, how people who have suffered under the worst governance nevertheless trust government to do right? Where, in the average Mexican immigrant’s experience, has any government done “the right thing” for them? Governments and businesses on both sides of the border take turns exploiting them. Now through ObamaCare there’s an effort to buy them, but that comes at the cost of bankrupting the country eventually.

Some Republicans will be tempted to embrace ObamaCare, just as they’re tempted to embrace amnesty for illegal aliens now, in pursuit of the fast-growing Latino vote. Embracing either would be a mistake; embracing both may well kill off the GOP for good. Embrace one and you destroy your law and order and national sovereignty credentials, embrace the other and your credibility and small government principles are gone. The only thing the GOP would still have would be the evangelical vote, and the medialeft are already having an easy time marginalizing us.

The GOP is in a tough spot and there are no easy or quick fixes. Panders and surrenders on key principles will only end up destroying it.  The party is going to have to find a leader who can and will articulate its principles in ways that resonate and connect across demographic lines, and then follow that leader.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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So we need to 'win' latinos/hispanics/mexicans/brown people/whatever. And we need to 'win' women and we need to 'win' LGBT and we need to 'win' black people/real blacks/non-oreos, etc, ad nauseum. Why is that again? So we can tailor our Democrat lite message better?

I guess that does make for more efficient campaigning right? That way you don't have to go everywhere in the country and explain your principles to anyone and everyone - after all, that takes hard work and commitment. Too old school...
1 year ago
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So we need to "embrace" foreign "Latinos" (or "Hispanics", or whatever the word du jour is), who are known to embrace banana-republics. I have a problem with this.
1 year ago
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Let me see...Republicans cannot win over the Latino voters that now live in the country, so let's invite more and more into the country that Republicans cannot win over. Yep, makes sense to me.
1 year ago
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Obamacare is passed. When enough GOP traitors (Graham and McCain et al) pass amnesty, dooming the party, I'll be the first to quote an old friend "it's over".. Pi$$ on the fire, call the dogs and lets head home.
1 year ago
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Great new: the colonization of America by failed nations of the Third World continues apace while we sit on our hands scared of being called racists. We deserve exactly what we get. I'll vote for no politician that doesn't stand for kicking every illegal out. That means I'll vote for no politician. What the Left has done to this country and what the Right has stood by and allowed it to do will have our great-grandchildren spitting on our graves.

Flash mobs? You ain't seen nothing yet. Wait 50 years when 'all men are created equal' falls somewhat short of reality and the standards of Lima, Peru. Then you'll see anger. The anger of a 5th grader thrown into college who decides the college is racist. Then you'll see a country at a fifth grade level, and the first backslide of tech in our history.
1 year ago
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Soon there will only be one viable national party: Rat.
I am starting to think it makes sense to become a Rat and try to push conservative candidates.

The GOP is abandoning all principles and all positions.
They are bringing us to becoming all rat, all the time.
The GOP is soon to be completely irrelevant.
1 year ago
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"Soon there will only be one viable national party"

For those values of "soon" that include "now."
1 year ago
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The GOP will betray us. The GOP establishment believes conservatives will cointinue to follow them (as though they are our favorite sports team). If the GOP is no different than the Democrats, why not vote third party?
1 year ago
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let's say you can prevent one but not both. which would you rather be stuck with?
1 year ago
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I presume you are talking about a choice between amnesty and Obama Care? If I had to choose one it would be ObamaCare. ObamaCar can be undone. Amnesty cannot.
1 year ago
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The "tough spot" is the same spot the Europeans have been in for 100 years or so. Whenever a political party begins to loot the treasury to buy votes, there will always be plenty of voters who line up to cash in. Being against the freebies is politically impossible unless the populace has been inoculated to resist the blandishments and realize where they lead. I think our immunity, acquired in colonial days, has lapsed.
1 year ago
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Some Republicans might even say "you have no heart", if you don't accept this.

However, where are the signs that Republicans will win votes no matter which way they fall on this issue?

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