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Myriad languages, cultures
challenge health reform

Associated Press, by Garance Burke and Judy Lin

Original Article

Posted By:NorthernDog, 3/4/2013 9:10:38 AM

OAKLAND, Calif. — Set on a gritty corner of Oakland´s International Boulevard, the nonprofit Street Level Health Project offers free checkups to patients who speak a total of 22 languages, from recent Mongolian immigrants seeking a doctor to Burmese refugees in need of a basic dental exam. It also provides a window into one of the challenges for state officials who are trying to implement the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama´s sweeping health care overhaul. Understanding the law is a challenge even for governors, state lawmakers and agency officials, but delivering its message to non-English

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[with Carla K. Johnson]
Oh great- now the government will want to translate Obamacare into 125 different languages - and we can´t even understand it in English.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: civilservant, 3/4/2013 9:27:29 AM     (No. 9207199)

Clinton signed an Executive Order requiring all State Agencies that accept Federal Dollars to print forms in ALL languages.

How will that be affected by Uhhhbamacare?
Have the States factored that into their implementation costs?

Doubt it.....

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Reply 2 - Posted by: udanja99, 3/4/2013 9:58:32 AM     (No. 9207273)

Simple solution - if you don´t speak English, you don´t get treated.

If you´re going to live in this country you need to learn the language.

Unfortunately, no one has the guts to write, much less enforce, this as law.

Dr. Carson is right - political correctness is going to be the death of this country. ( And that was the leftist´s intent to begin with. )

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Reply 3 - Posted by: woodsman, 3/4/2013 10:27:31 AM     (No. 9207337)

Only in San Francisco...reminds me of this snickers commercial

https://www.canneslions.com/inspiration/archive_advert.cfm?id=16313&playlist_id=6383

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Reply 4 - Posted by: veritas, 3/4/2013 11:05:36 AM     (No. 9207432)

What other country does anything like this? Not to mention telling its own people they are second-class citizens with requirements for forms, voting, etc., in more languages than the UN interpreters can provide?

IMHO, there´s only one place for multi-lingual signage -- at airport arrival terminals. They should read [in such (few) languages as are actually necessary]: "Go Home. Get Out."

Had enough?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Question_Assumptions, 3/4/2013 11:08:56 AM     (No. 9207444)

Whether you believe it´s literally true or simply an ancient fable intended to explain why different people speak different languages, the Bible´s story of the Tower of Babel depicts people speaking a myriad of languages as a curse from God for a reason and is quite clear about why that is. Reality hasn´t changed since that story was written into the Bible.

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