President Obama’s new health-care law also is causing consternation among many Latinos over the possibility that signing up for the Affordable Care Act could get family members deported.
“It’s a very real barrier,” say Daniel Zingale, vice president of the California Endowment, a Los Angeles nonprofit that promotes the law among Latinos.
“Families are worried about being deported and divided by having any official interaction with the government,” he says.
So much for brining them out of the shadows. If the bright lights of the clinic and the ER scare them, do you think they’ll file with the IRS? Register with the DMV? Get a library card?
“Our community is about family, so protecting the family comes first,” says Jane Delgado, executive director of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health in Washington.
“This is very personal information that they’re being asked to share,” she adds.
While the rest of us are just being asked our shoe size, you mean. Vamanos, muchachos! They did this for you. Where’s the gratitude?
About 9 million people live in families that include members who are in the US legally as well as some who are here illegally, according to the Pew Research Center. Under the new law, only people in the country legally qualify for help with health-care insurance.
I will pay one billion Bloodthirstani dollars to the first person who can explain that passage in real English. I think it means there are families with both legals and illegals as members (or criminal aliens if they don’t like illegal). I always heard there were 12 million—and I heard that number was low—but whatever.
Despite a public statement released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that health-care information would remain confidential, many Latinos remain skeptical that an agency that has deported record numbers of people in the past few years will keep its promise.
They don’t trust this government? Imagine! But don’t worry, my little bandido amigos, Obama has drawn another of his famous “red lines”:
To ease people’s angst, health-care advocates are now telling families that ICE has drawn a line between enrollment and immigration enforcement.
But health-care activists say that, in addition, public assurances from Obama would go a long way toward quelling anxiety about deportation.
“I don’t think it’s asking too much for the president himself to offer legal Americans eligible for Obamacare the reassurance that they can enroll in this program without having their loved ones deported,” says Zingale.
Si le gusta a su familia, usted puede mantener a su familia.
PS: I’m sorry, I don’t meant to laugh at Latinos. I laugh at everyone. Especially everyone who bought this [bleep]. It really is too funny.