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
Comments: [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.
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."
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.
Many NFL observers believed it was only a matter of time before parents curtailed their children’s participation in youth football after hearing so many stories about the potential side effects of concussions. It appears that time is now. According to ESPN’s “Outside the Lines," Pop Warner, the nation’s largest and most recognized youth football program, saw its participation levels drop 9.5 percent between 2010-12. Pop Warner lost 23,612 players, thought to be the greatest two-year decline since the organization began keeping statistics decades ago, according to the report. In addition, the report states Pop Warner football had a record-high 248,899
A South Dakota mom´s blog - written for her original eight followers - has gone stratospheric after she wrote that boys should be allowed to play with guns, trashed what she considers to be over-protective parents and said kids being bullied should "toughen up." (Snip) "The mentality of our society in 2013 is nauseating to me, friends," Metz writes in her blog. Metz warns parents that constantly sheltering their children and protecting them from all things "evil" sets a child up for failure. "Kids are being raised to never have to deal with adversity," Metz told ABC News. "I don´t
With former President Bill Clinton now urging President Obama to find a way to make good on his promise that Americans could keep their current health insurance plans if they like them, it may only be a matter of time before the administration is forced to make wholesale changes in the beleaguered Affordable Care Act to placate restless Democrats fearful of a growing voter backlash. In an interview on OZY.com released on Tuesday, Clinton said, “I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people
The son of notorious mob boss John Gotti walked into a Long Island hospital bleeding claiming that he had broken up a fight in a convenience store parking lot. John Gotti Jr., 49, took over the Gambino crime family but now says that he is no longer involved with organized crime, but he refused to tell police about the fight that he reportedly broke up on Sunday night that led to him being stabbed. The New York Post reports that he was calm and polite when he walked into Syosset Hospital asking for a doctor. He initially said that he
WASHINGTON - The underdog of government health care programs is emerging as a rare early success story of President Obama´s technologically challenged health overhaul. Often dismissed, Medicaid has signed up 444,000 people in 10 states in the six weeks since open enrollment began, according to Avalere Health, a market analysis firm that compiled data from those states. Twenty-five states are expanding their Medicaid programs, but data for all of them was not available. Meanwhile, private plans offered through troublesome online markets are expected to have enrolled a much smaller number of people. Around 50,000 people so far have successfully enrolled
KABUL - Zabulon Simintov always removes his kippah, the skullcap worn by Jewish men, before entering his cafe in a dilapidated building that also houses Afghanistan´s last synagogue. "Let me take off my cap, otherwise people will think something bad about me," Simintov said cheerfully as he descended grime-caked stairs to the ground-floor cafe. In his 50s, Simintov is the last known Afghan Jew to remain in the country. He has become something of a celebrity over the years and his rivalry with the next-to-last Jew, who died in 2005, inspired a play. Mindful of Afghanistan´s extremely conservative Muslim culture,
Paris - A slowdown in global warming that climate sceptics cite in favour of their cause was partly induced by one of the world´s most successful environment treaties, a study said on Sunday. The UN´s Montreal Protocol, designed to phase out industrial gases that destroy Earth´s protective ozone layer, coincidentally applied a small brake to the planet´s warming, it said. Without this treaty, Earth´s surface temperature would be roughly 0.1 degrees Celsius (0.2 degrees Fahrenheit) higher today, according to its authors. "Paradoxically, the recent decrease in warming, presented by global warming sceptics as proof that humankind cannot affect the climate
I don´t know about you, but as a young adult I´m not as disturbed as some Americans by the technical glitches delaying access to the Obamacare website. My lack of enthusiasm for signing up has to do with the unappealing options health care reform has presented my generation. Sure, for adults under 26, Obamacare offers a key perk: They can stay on their parents´ plans. But for anyone 26 or older — a category I´ve just joined — the options are grim: You can forgo health insurance and fork over 1% of your income to Uncle Sam as a penalty.
Jimmy Kimmel is in hot water! On Saturday, hundreds of protesters targeted ABC Studios in Burbank, Houston, and Phoenix to protest the Oct. 16 segment of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" where one of the late night host´s tiniest guests suggested that we should "kill everyone in China." The comment was made by a young boy during an unscripted segment called "Kids´ Table," after Kimmel asked a roundtable of children how the United States should repay its $1.3 trillion debt to China. Both ABC and Kimmel have since apologized for the comment, and are no longer airing "Kids´ Table." ABC said at
Will Elizabeth Warren challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016? That´s what some observers in Washington are wondering, after a profile of the Massachusetts senator published by the New Republic on Sunday ("Hillary´s Nightmare?") takes a hard look at the possibility of a Warren run for the White House. “Yeah, Hillary is running," a former Warren aide told the magazine. “And she’ll probably win. But Elizabeth doesn’t care about winning. She doesn’t care whose turn it is.” Earlier this year, Warren co-signed a letter with other Senate Democratic women urging the former first lady, senator and secretary of
New York’s health exchange slogan is “Today’s the Day.” Minnesota has enlisted Paul Bunyan. Oregon held a music contest, and California stresses the “peace of mind” that will come with insurance. (Snip) State exchange operators say that they are not trying to hide the penalty, but that their market research has taught them that, at least in the initial phase, consumers will be more receptive to soothing messages and appeals to their sense of collective responsibility than to threats of punishment. “We feel that the carrot is better than the stick,” said Larry Hicks, a spokesman for Covered California. “This
Black Friday, my how you’ve grown. Once an event on the day after Thanksgiving — and the traditional start of holiday shopping — this year, you’ve grown into a two-month season of nonstop door buster deals, super sales and early early-bird specials. “It’s not a start or an ending to anything like it used to be,” said Ken Nisch, chairman of JGA, a branding and retail design firm in Southfield. “We’re in a whole new territory.” And while we may complain that Black Friday has no boundaries, holds nothing sacred — not even our Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family
President Obama announces today that he supports a “fix” for Obamacare that would allow some Americans to keep the healthcare plans they already had for an additional year. That was already built into the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare law. It’s not an actual change to anything, it’s just an attempt to get out ahead of the bills that Republican Fred Upton and Democrat Mary Landrieu are sponsoring in the House and Senate that would legislatively “fix” Obamacare. It’s an exercise in blame-shifting, and an abdication of leadership. As news of the plan leaked, skepticism spread.(Snip for tweets)Barack Obama’s credibility
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, you’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh at the unraveling of Obamacare. First, the obligatory caveats. It is no laughing matter that millions of Americans’ lives have been thrown into anxious chaos as they lose their health insurance, their doctors, their money, or all three. Nor is it particularly amusing to think of the incredible waste of time and tax dollars that has gone into Obamacare’s construction. And the still-unfolding violence that this misbegotten legislation will visit on the economy and our liberties is not funny either. This very magazine has been downright
In his 2007 biography of Barack Obama, Obama: From Promise to Power, Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendell described the exchange he had with then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama just minutes before he delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston: After Obama and I slipped through a security checkpoint and he momentarily broke free from the entourage, I sidled up to him and told him that he seemed to be impressing many people of influence in this rarefied atmosphere. Obama, his gaze fixed directly ahead, never broke his stride. “I´m LeBron, baby,” he replied, referring to LeBron
On Wednesday, Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced a bill in the Senate that would allow Americans to keep their health insurance plans for a limit of two years. “I have repeatedly said that the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect,” Udall said, “and it will need to be improved as it is implemented.” Udall already wants to push off the open enrollment deadline on the Obamacare health exchanges until the end of May. But Udall’s plan isn’t the only one in the offing. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has introduced the “Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act,” co-sponsored by Sens. Dianne
Something is seriously wrong with conservatism. Since Ronald Reagan’s last year in office, Republicans have only twice won a majority of votes cast for president—both times with a George Bush atop the ticket. And neither Bush was a conservative. For 25 years, something has prevented conservatives from winning the White House and prevented the Republicans who do win from governing as conservatives. What could it be? The Tea Party has an answer: RINOs—liberal Republicans in Name Only—have sabotaged the right, most recently in October when they collaborated with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown. Once RINOs are
President Obama’s former spiritual advisor Joshua DuBois joined The O’Reilly Factor to talk about his new book, “The President´s Devotional: Daily Readings That Inspired Obama.” He told Bill O’Reilly, “The president’s a committed Christian and his faith is a really important part of his life. Every single morning for the last six years he’s woken up and read these devotionals to try grow closer to God and closer to his neighbors as well.” DuBois recalled going with the president to visit Reverend Billy Graham. “He doesn’t wear this stuff on his sleeve. That’s not the kind guy he is, but he
President Barack Obama issued a statement yesterday congratulating Hawaii for legalizing same-sex marriage, a move he said "exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation." "I want to congratulate the Hawaii State Legislature on passing legislation in support of marriage equality," said Obama. "With today’s vote, Hawaii joins a growing number of states that recognize that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be treated fairly and equally under the law. Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger. By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the
President Barack Obama is expected to announce that individuals with insurance policies that are being canceled because they do not meet Obamacare´s standards will be allowed to renew them, sources told NBC News. But that insurance companies will be required to tell people re-enrolling about alternative options and the benefits they will lose. Obama, under pressure from Democrats facing angry calls from people who have lost their health insurance plans, will deliver a statement on Obamacare at the White House at 11:35 am ET, the White House said. CNBC.com will be streaming the event live.
First Lady Michelle Obama attended two of America’s finest schools - Princeton University and Harvard Law School. But on Tuesday she told a group of underprivileged Washington, DC high schoolers - many of whom are hoping to be the first in their families to go to college — that she once faced many of the same challenges and doubts as they do. “I was willing to do whatever it took for me to go to college,” Mrs. Obama said. “Get this - some of my teachers straight up told me that I was setting my sights too high. They told me I
LOS ANGELES – Despite his devotion to dinner time prayers and Christian values, "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson has been axed from speaking at a benefit in Bristol, Tenn. for the faith and bible-driven organization, Family Ministries. Why? Wine. The famous family announced its latest business venture last week: Duck Commander Wines. In conjunction with the winemakers of Trinchero Family Estates in Napa, the Robertsons´ own line of Red, Moscato and Chardonnay is slated to hit stores next month. According to the Ministries, Duck Commander Wines goes against the organization´s core values.
Democratic lawmakers will announce this afternoon a bill to override state abortion laws that have placed restrictions on the services. The Women’s Health Protection Act “would protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion by preempting restrictive regulations and laws—such as those in place in states including Texas and Wisconsin—intended to curtail reproductive health services for women,” according to Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s (D-Conn.) office. Blumenthal will be joined at an afternoon press conference by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Reps. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) and Lois Frankel (D-Fla.). Also at the announcement of the bill will
There is one kind of bumper sticker I see almost daily here in my small Midwestern town: a small oval printed with "26.2" or "13.1." In case you´re lucky enough not to know what these numbers represent, let me explain: They indicate that the driver or someone in the car has run a marathon (26.2 miles) or a half-marathon (13.1 miles). There is only one reason running aficionados display the stickers. They want the rest of us to know about their long-distance feats. So let me be the first to offer my hearty congratulations. I´d even offer to give them