Hispanics’ Obamacare Headache

Daniel Garza, Gainesville Sun, January 24, 2014

The White House’s failed roll-out of its Spanish-language health care website, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, is already a laughing stock. Much like its English language counterpart, the site is filled with technical issues, mistranslations, and links to English-only pages and forms.


One issue that has received too little attention is how Obamacare affects patient choice and doctor-patient relationships. These are major issues for Hispanic-Americans. According to the Census Bureau, we’re the least likely demographic to seek out medical attention. A full 42 percent of Hispanics don’t visit the doctor even once a year. When we do go to see a doctor, we’re very picky. The National Hispanic Medical Association reports that Hispanics prefer doctors who “appreciate [our] culture and understand [our] families’ dynamics and [our] traditions.”

Unfortunately, our options are limited by the fact that only 5 percent of doctors are Hispanic (even though we’re over 22 percent of the Florida’s population). Yet that’s where Obamacare kicks in and makes things worse. Because the law imposes so many expensive mandates and regulations on health insurance, the most affordable health care plans no longer include the large networks that give us the most choice.

For Hispanics, this limits our already-strained access to the doctors we want and worsens our culture’s chronic doctor shortages.


Obamacare will simply be too expensive for many Hispanics. The problem for us stems from the law’s over-reliance on the young. This directly affects the Hispanic-American community because we are significantly younger than the average American. In fact, our median age is 27—the age that’s most severely harmed by the Affordable Care Act’s premium increases.


This litany of problems makes it seem like Hispanic-Americans’ needs weren’t taken into account by the Affordable Care Act’s architects. Surely we deserved better. We have the highest uninsured rate in the nation, at just under 30 percent, and yet Obamacare gives us little reason to join its ranks.

Then again, we couldn’t sign up for Obamacare online even if we wanted to. The broken website makes a mockery of the Spanish language—and it’s only the latest of Obamacare’s broken promises.

Topics: , ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • Oil Can Harry

    “The broken [Obamacare] website makes a mockery of the Spanish language.”

    Then why don’t you welfare bums try learning English?

    • bigone4u

      My ex-girlfriend used to teach ESL in a Mexican middle school. The teens there were born and raised in the US, but still could not speak English. Her opinion was that they were incapable of learning it.

      • Katherine McChesney

        I had a Latino neighbor in Santa Monica who tore pages from her English book and threw them down in the hallway. I countered by finding a Spanish book at Goodwill which I tore to shreds and placed it carefully in front of her door. I hope she got the message.

        • SFLBIB

          I wonder why she lives in a culture she obviously hates.

          • NM156

            Earned Income Credits, EBT cards, public schools not paid for by apartment dwellers, Sec. 8 housing, Medicaid, tens of millions of affirmative action jobs, free medical care at ERs nationwide, all of this and much, much more, not just for themselves, but for everyone in the town or village of origin, by means of the US Govt.’s family reunification policy.

          • SFLBIB

            Sounds kinda hypocritical to me. I understand why they come here, to get all the benefits you mentioned, but why do they want to make the U.S. like the culture they left? All those benefits will go bye-bye.

          • NM156

            They bring their culture with them because it’s who they are, culturally and genetically.

      • SFLBIB

        “The teens there were born and raised in the US, but still could not speak English.”

        I think this is the result of hyping “the other” race and ethnicity. My grandmother came from Italy; and, except for a few words, she never learned English. But she told her children, my dad among them, that whenever they were in public they were to speak English because, “We are all Americans now.” Knowing English is vital to entering the economy, my [bi-lingual] parents spoke only English to me and my brother and sister. Problem solved in one generation.

        “Her opinion was that they were incapable of learning it.”

        There is something to this. After studying Latin, French, and Korean, I learned the older you get, the harder it is to learn a foreign language. It is the fault of their parents who spoke only Spanish to them.

  • The National Hispanic Medical Association reports that Hispanics prefer
    doctors who “appreciate [our] culture and understand [our] families’
    dynamics and [our] traditions.”

    Funny, I often think the same thing.

    Then I hear the nurse come out and say, “Doctor whose subcontinental surname has no vowels will see you now.”

    • Oil Can Harry

      When hispanics say they want a doctor who understands their cultures and traditions those are code words for speaking Spanish.

    • r j p

      What they mean is that hispanics appreciate doctors who don’t question why the 12-13 year old daughter is pregnant and appears to have repeated sexual relations or wants birth control pills.

  • Jim Barlow

    “A full 42 percent of Hispanics don’t visit the doctor even once a year. When we do go to see a doctor, we’re very picky.”

    Do they adhere to the physicians treatment plan? No.
    Do they go to the pharmacy and regularly pick up and take their medications? No.
    Do they attempt to exercise or eat healthy? No.

    Ask anyone who provides patient care. Having more hispanic doctors or making it cheaper isn’t going to change this fundamental ideology.

    • sbuffalonative

      That was one of the biggest lies of the Affordable Care Act; that people were sick and obese because they couldn’t afford to go to a doctor and that once they had access to affordable health care, they’d become healthy and adopt healthy lifestyles.


      • Alexandra1973

        Given what I know of what passes for modern medicine, that makes it an even bigger lie.

        There’ve been times when my son had a cold, I gave him coconut oil, and it was gone–really quick. It’s a natural anti-viral. Stuff has 1001 uses.

    • Luca

      They don’t see doctors, they go see the nurse practitioner in the emergency room and get their pharmaceuticals from south of the border where you don’t need a doctor’s prescription.

      • Anglokraut

        You need a prescription if you’re a gringo. Fortunately the doctor usually isn’t all that expensive in the first place.

  • bigone4u

    My medicare HMO assigned me to a Mexican woman doctor. Ha, ha, ha. Maybe there’s a Mexican woman somewhere who would trade doctors with me. I prefer a white or Jewish doctor, but I doubt that any government program would let me express that preference since that would be waycisssss.

  • John Frum

    The National Hispanic Medical Association reports that Hispanics prefer doctors who “appreciate [our] culture and understand [our] families’ dynamics and [our] traditions.”
    Among these traditions are popping out children in the emergency room and letting YT pay for it.

  • NoMosqueHere

    You mean they cannot find gastroenterologists who understand problems associated with eating too many fried bananas?

  • So CAL Snowman

    “The broken website makes a mockery of the Spanish language”

    What a coincidence, so do Mexicans.

    “For Hispanics, this limits our already-strained access to the doctors we
    want and worsens our culture’s chronic doctor shortages.”

    These people are insufferable. They illegally invade our country, pump out anchor babies and then COMPLAIN about not being provided the doctors they want. Your “culture” has a doctor shortage? Try your RACE has a doctor shortage because your RACE is not qualified to be doctors by Western standards. These people are JUST like the blacks. They think that all it takes to become a doctor is a piece of paper and access to med school. If Hispanics are so concerned about seeing a doctor who appreciates their culture and family dynamics (whatever the hell that means), why don’t they move to a Hispanic country?

    I will say, it’s refreshing to see the hispanics taking it in the shorts for once.

    • kenfrombayside

      Keep the pressure on your reps in congress. Giving 11 – 30 million (nobody knows for sure) criminal lawbreakers legalization pure insanity. Plus, they could sponsor their relatives; that would bring the total up to about 50 million aliens in our midst. Of course, these new citizens will vote for the vile democrats and their socialist giveaways. Most of them will be unskilled, uneducated, low IQ etc. Stop this outrageous bill now. Don’t sit on the sidelines.You are not wasting your time. The American people don’t want this bill. You have to do all you can do to stem the third world assault:
      – Contact your 2 US Senators and rep in congress.
      – after biz hours, leave a message on your DC rep’s voicemail. All US Senators have multiple offices so it would be a good idea to hit all of the. Remember, be civil and don’t threaten
      – go to NUMBERSUSA then go to the take action button. You will be able to send faxes to your 2 US Senators and congressional for free. (I also gave a $50 donation).
      – use Business Reply envelopes to state your opposition to America’s insane immigration policies and the proposed amnesty. Don’t give the parties any money.
      – join an immigration group like FAIR. Strength thru numbers!
      – go to the RNC & DNC sites to email them.
      – Use the media: call a talk radio program; write a letter to your local paper. If the media outlet is liberal, then talk about economic impact of massive third world immigration.
      – text everybody in your cell phone queue now.

      • mobilebay

        I do most of your suggestions, Ken, but am getting discouraged by the return mail from politicians. My emails, faxes and phone calls are always about illegal immigration. Their letters/emails refer to everything else but immigration. They brag about what they’ve done, but never mention my concerns. Of course, they send form letter, but they don’t ever get close most of the time. I’m fed up with all of them. They simply don’t care what we think. As long as they can accommodate the lawbreakers and reap the votes and “contributions,” they’re happy.

  • willbest

    I need to give credit where credit is due. The Obama Administration got this right, even if it was entirely unintended and the result of incompetence.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Doctors will soon be assigned portable offices outside Home Depot.

    • LACounty

      I along with others gave our local HD hell re. the allowance of illegals on their parking lot. They eventually had signs posted stating “no-loitering” per city code…. The illegals virtually disappeared except for the occasional few. When I frequent the store, I call law enforcement if I see any there. And they do respond. I can now go into the store without worrying about having crap taken from my truck.

    • Max

      – or Autozone.

  • Non Humans

    Whine Whine Whine Whine.
    Long story short: Since Americans are American, and we’re in the process invading your country, we’ll whine about the lack of invader physicians. But until then we’ll just abuse the sheet out of your ERs. I see this 1st hand everytime I work a shift (I’m a CAT Scan Tech).
    That whole 11 million illegatards figure is waaay off (Surprise?) Nearly a third of the ER patients that I see are illegatards. I work in a small country hospital. If a 3rd of my ER patients are illegatards here, the 11 million figure is a gross underestimate. My own personal number is around 100 million.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      “Here’s something you’ve been whining for, LAHTEENOS, but you will have to expend some effort to sign up.”

      “But I don’t understand. Not fair! You anglos let me down again. This is injusticia!”‘

      Sounding blacker every day…

    • antiquesunlight

      Whine is right. I remember a couple years ago, I took a friend to the hospital and the entire ER was filled with Mexicans and ghetto blacks. I think most of the Mexicans were there because their little anchor babies had a cold or something. That was probably the first time I really understood how badly they abuse the privilege.

  • slash345

    Learn english then dumb beaners.

  • Truthseeker

    Well then, I guess they’ll just have to go back to their own countries so that they can find doctors who understand them. We’ll be so sorry to lose the “enrichment” they brought to us.

  • MBlanc46

    Poor babies. Something must be done!

  • WR_the_realist

    An obvious solution to the fiasco with the Spanish language web site: Make understanding English a requirement for getting Obamacare. Hell, it should already be a requirement for residing here.

  • sbuffalonative

    An obnoxious, inconsiderate, selfish, self-centered group of people.

  • Massif1

    Dear Pedro,

    Learn to read English.

    • MBlanc46

      Actually, Pedro, don’t bother. Just take yourself and your family and head on back to Mexico. And don’t come back.

  • TXCriollo

    I have an uncle in south florida who is a dentist, speaks spanish because he is cuban american. He runs his business as an english speaking business, a couple of injos came in demanding to his receptionist that they speak to them in spanish. He came out asked how long have you been in the us, he told me they said 15 years. He called them lazy and said i dont want your business, i asked uncle mike why say no money is money, he goes they never pay they just think we both speak spanish i gotta help them out.

    • antiquesunlight

      Makes me sick. I work with some Mexicans. They’ve all lived here 10+ years and not a single one of them can even speak a complete English sentence. Most of them don’t even know basic words. I was talking to one guy a few years ago. I asked him how long he had lived in America. He said twenty-two years. Later in the conversation (which was in broken Spanish), he asked me how to say hello. I wanted to hit him.

      • evilsandmich

        They’re barely literate (maybe) in their own; which is saying something since Spanish is a low watt language already.

  • Spartacus

    “The broken website makes a mockery of the Spanish language…”


    So do most mestizos….

    • benvad

      Since when has Spanish been declared a national language.

  • Max

    I feel real bad about this. We ought to compensate these poor folks by giving them free transport to a place that they can feel fully appreciated, say, Mexico.

  • DonReynolds

    The obvious solution to Hispanics finding doctors who understand their “culture” if for them to live where their “culture” is commonplace…..like in their home country. Problem solved.

    • evilsandmich

      Hispanics prefer doctors who “appreciate [our] culture and understand [our] families’ dynamics and [our] traditions.”

      Exactly, they’re in for quite the panacea if they move south with their fellows in any number of Hispanic paradises.

  • If this fedgov scheme isn’t working very well, we will hear the usual refrain “Whites must spend more money to fix things.”

  • Herman

    Could someone explain hispanic “culture” to me?