Catering to one group
Regarding “Latinos being left behind in health care” (Nation & World, March 25): The article talks about how difficult it is for Latinos to enroll in Obamacare. The problem? Part of it is technical problems with the Spanish-language version. I would submit that if Latinos call America “home,” they should learn the language of their adopted country.
Why do we have ballots in English and Spanish? Why do I have to press 1 for English? I’ll tell you why. This country is catering to one ethnic group. Think of the money that could be saved if everything — ballots, driving tests, jury notifications, health care websites and a myriad other programs that require not only documents in two languages but, in some cases, interpreters — were in English only.
Left behind or smart?
The headline “Latinos being left behind in health care” seemed to poorly reflect the actual content of The Associated Press story. That story stated that “Hispanics account for about one-third of the nation’s uninsured, but they seem to be staying on the sidelines as the White House races to meet its goal of 6 million sign-ups by March 31.” A thoughtful glance at the pertinent facts of the article would inform the reader that what “left behind” actually means is that ”the government won’t get a group that’s largely young and healthy, helping keep premiums low in the new insurance markets.”
Could this portion of the U.S. population have concluded that they simply don’t want to be forced to pay higher rates for insurance premiums so that America’s sick can have their medical bills paid? Might they have also figured out what Michael Gerson stated in his op-ed in the same edition (“The Grand Old Party’s need for creative policy”)? That premiums are predicted to rise at “double digits, if not … triple digits” in the coming year? Is it possible that they also might find the president’s dramatic claim that “if you get sick … you could end up being bankrupt” to be misleading at best and an outright falsehood at worst?
It’s obvious that Univision Radio listeners are a perceptive audience. They know, along with every non-Latino in America (with the exception of the president, apparently) that they need simply to present themselves at an emergency room to have their ailments treated, and their overly inflated bills will be added those of hospital patients who have paid for their insurance — a major factor in the high cost of health care in this country.
Barry A. Zimmerman
Help. We need an intervention — a community intervention to help us more effectively address and possibly resolve the ever-increasing distrust between the school district of Hillsborough County, parents and community groups in the district.
They must come to the proverbial drawing board to explore as deeply as possible avenues that would help them get to where they need to be. It would be imperative they start the process with the understanding that they are on the same team, wanting the same things for the students in the district.
It would be necessary that they refrain from playing the power game, which would render the search for new ideas meaningless. They must respect each other’s roles and responsibilities and believe that together they can find the answers to the many challenges they face.
Members of the community and leaders must recognize the school board holds the power and responsibility of implementation.
School board members must not minimize the role and responsibility of the consumers of services the board oversees. Board members must also appreciate their role as representatives of the parents, students, community leaders and other members of the district.
Dismissing the role and responsibility of each other will inevitably deepen the distrust, disharmony and continued disconnection.
John Loblack, Ed. D
Cut and paste
With respect to Marie Cunha’s letter “Rewarding incompetence” (March 25):
In the name of being fair and balanced, I suggest we cut and paste Kathleen Sebelius’ name for Jesse Panuccio’s and Obamacare in place of CONNECT, and have our esteemed senior U.S. senator request an independent investigation into the special treatment for groups aligned with this administration under the Affordable Care Act since its disastrous inception.