A new poll released this week shows health care is second only to immigration as the most important issue influencing Latino voters, which directly contradicts recent claims from Sen. Dean Heller’s top Hispanic outreach campaign staffer.
In an NPR interview that aired over the weekend, Heller’s Hispanic outreach director dodged a question about health care and then claimed that the topic never comes up with Latinos. However, the new poll shows that Latinos believe health care is a top issue – and they want the government to expand coverage, lower costs, and oppose Republican attempts to roll back key Affordable Care Act protections.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Renzo Olivari released the following statement:
“This data confirms that health care is a major issue for Latino voters in 2018, and Dean Heller’s campaign is out of touch and not listening to the Latino community’s concerns. For Heller’s Hispanic outreach director to claim they haven’t heard Latinos talk about health care means they are either not listening to Latinos, or they’re refusing to talk about it because health care is such a toxic part of Heller’s record. Senator Spineless cares more about siding with Trump than understanding the Latino community’s concerns in Nevada about access to quality, affordable health care.”
POLITICO Pulse: HEALTH CARE IS A TOP ISSUE FOR LATINOS
Health care is second only to immigration among issues influencing Latino voters in the mid-term elections. That’s according to a new national poll by the advocacy group UnidosUS and Hart Research, provided to POLITICO’s Alice Miranda Ollstein. The poll also found strong support among Latinos for the government to take a “major role” in expanding access to insurance and bringing down health costs, and strong opposition to GOP attempts to roll back Obamacare’s protections.
Paging Dean Heller. The vulnerable Senate Republican is facing a new wave of criticism after one of his staffers told NPR that health care “never comes up” with Latino voters.