Team Takes Healthcare Plan to Ethnic Areas

Anh Do, Los Angeles Times, October 1, 2013

Inside Deshi Restaurant and Grocery, standing near the bags of lentils, chickpeas and curry leaves, Nina Sharmin greets customers with a rat-a-tat of questions.

“Do you have a green card? Have you been to the doctor lately?” she asks in her native Bangla.

“Have you heard of Obamacare?”

Here in a tired-out strip mall in Los Angeles’ Little Bangladesh, the answer is often the same. No.

As political forces collide in the nation’s capital over the Affordable Health Care Act, a small army of workers fans across Southern California, going door-to-door and store-to-store in communities where some residents are so isolated that they know little about the healthcare reform or even how to plan for its arrival.

So on a warm autumn afternoon, Sharmin and her team stop at a mom-and-pop markets and knock on residents’ doors to spread the word about enrolling—and the consequences if they don’t. The details of the healthcare reform are spelled out in materials and online in some of the commonly spoken languages in California—Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Tagalog.

But the team, outreach workers with the nonprofit South Asian Network, comb the streets of more insulated neighborhoods, ready to explain Obamacare in Hindi, Urdu, Bangla, Punjabi and Gujarati.

It’s just before lunch when Sharmin bumps into Kartick Banerjee, a 73-year-old who immediately pulls out his driver’s license when asked if he’s a legal resident. Banerjee confides that he hasn’t had a medical checkup in years and is unclear on the concept of insurance. But he takes a brochure just the same, promising that his daughter will call her for details.

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The neighborhood walks started in July, with a team of workers explaining a concept that seemed utterly foreign to some. “Did you know that all citizens and permanent residents must have health insurance by the year 2014?” they explained, adding, “And if you don’t, did you know the IRS can fine you?”

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As the afternoon sun heats up, the outreach workers start going door to door at a dense two-story apartment building on South Kenmore Avenue, a complex filled with Bangladeshi families. They knock on every door. Only one person has heard of healthcare reform.

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The goal for the outreach workers is to collect names and addresses of immigrants who are either unaware of the healthcare reform or don’t speak one of the languages offered in brochures and the Covered California website. From there, appointments will be scheduled to help residents sign up for insurance.

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  • Herman

    A country 17 trillion in debt (and growing) is about to take over the healthcare issues of over 300 million people. With millions more illegal immigrants on their way.
    Stark raving insanity.

    • willbest

      Yes but once they have control of the healthcare system, they will be able to id tag us for our own protection and efficiency of course.

  • SPBDL just did a race-ObamaDontCare story just a short while ago, too.

    And this is why I can’t grok the mentality promulgated by some in our camp that ObamaDontCare is a non-issue that’s a waste of time to try to stop.

    Fully implemented, ObamaDontCare will make me personally worse off, and I’m sure it will make most white people individually worse off.

    • Eagle_Eyed

      You read the recent Kirkpatrick column on Vdare? It was pretty depressing…

      • That’s exactly who I’m thinking of. It’s not that I necessarily disagree with the content, and I certainly don’t want Ted Cruz to be President (he’s not white). And I also know that Cruz’s immigration position is lethargic, but I also realize that he has always had that lethargic position, and it’s a common lethargy among Republicans.

        He voted against Gang Bangers of Eight, which is all we needed him to do.

        We’re not going to be able to move the ball forward on immigration until January 20, 2017, when Jeff Sessions becomes President. Until then, the best we can do is prevent any bill from being passed, because even if we get a good bill with good provisions and Obama somehow signs it, Obama won’t enforce the enforcement mechanisms anyway, just like he ignores already existing immigration enforcement mandates.

        I’m also not very appreciative of Kirkpatrick taking a swipe at my ex-boss, who definitely would have voted against Gang Bangers of Eight, all the while praising that fink (and native St. Louisan) Pete Wilson, who was only an “immigration patriot” for as long as he needed to pretend to be for a few months in 1990 to win an election.

        Another thing Kirkpatrick doesn’t get is that it wasn’t all those social moderates (i.e. liberals) that voted for Pete Wilson, it was white people who wanted immigration restriction. The kind of white people who would be driven out of California starting in the ensuing decade.

        And also…ObamaDontCare, while it’s not as important as immigration or as existential an issue as it, can’t be dismissed as a mere debate over how much sodium the green beans in the Congressional cafeteria should have.

        • Eagle_Eyed

          Great thoughts. My whole issue was that Kirkpatrick’s rationality for the right to abandon the whole Obamacare issue was predicated on a fatalistic assumption that the left had already won. Of course this is exactly how immigration patriotism is attacked. Which means he’s just shooting himself in the foot by appealing to fatalism.

          • It’s not as if the people who want and will stand to benefit from ObamaDontCare really want immigration restriction. Paul Kersey relayed the polling that white-Hispanic-black approval of ObamaCare is 29/61/91 respectively.

            The immigration question is an even tougher row to hoe than ObamaDontCare. If we don’t have the energy to beat it, we certainly won’t have the energy to take on an issue that, thanks to the open borders jillionaires and zillionaires attached to both parties, the wind will be heavy to our faces.

          • Sick of it

            If we were 1/10th as active as the left has been for decades, we would have won before I was born. Giving up ON ANY ISSUE is the complete opposite of what we should be doing.

      • William Krapek

        Which one? I generally do not follow the Vdare.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Just out of curiosity why don’t you post at SBPDL? I’m sure the readers of that site would benefit from your insight.

      • I do, as countenance, to match my blog name. I use countenance on non-Disqus blogs, Question Diversity on Disqus blogs, though I don’t comment much on Disqus-based blogs other than AR.

        • So CAL Snowman

          Oh nice, I have definitely enjoyed your comments as “countenance” over at SBPDL. I have to say I am a fan of the Question Diversity moniker.

        • Lewis33

          I want the links back in the morning round up!! Maybe not all of them, but some are very obscure.

  • Luca

    “Did you know that all citizens and permanent residents must have health insurance by the year 2014?” they explained, adding, “And if you don’t, did you know the IRS can fine you?”

    And the recent immigrant laughs and says, “IRS? Taxes? I don’t pay no stinkin taxes.”

    • So CAL Snowman

      The recent immigrant gives a blank look and says, “What’s the IRS?”

      • capnmorgan5150

        Or they would run thinking you said “INS”.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “The details of the healthcare reform are spelled out in materials and
    online in some of the commonly spoken languages in California—Chinese,
    Korean, Spanish and Tagalog.”

    I vaguely remember some story about a tower in the Old Testament. I don’t know, it seemed relevant to this story.

    • Spartacus

      I know the tower you’re talking about. It’s being built right now here in Europe…

      • ThomasER916

        I’m sharing this.

        • Spartacus

          Good man .

  • Spartacus

    “As the afternoon sun heats up, the outreach workers start going door to
    door at a dense two-story apartment building on South Kenmore Avenue, a
    complex filled with Bangladeshi families. They knock on every door. Only
    one person has heard of healthcare reform.”

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    They sound integrated…

  • pcmustgo

    Yes, my sister noticed this…. her wealthy Korean roommates had mother’s with $4,000 Chanel purses- but no health insurance.

  • bigone4u

    Once they learn that “free” medical care and meds are theirs, they will jam the system with massive numbers of doctor’s visits. The rest of us will suffer and die younger as a result. In addition, what sane white person wants to sit in a doctor’s office surrounded by these stinky, smelly stone age idiots, listening to them babble in their tongues, while complaining about everything American. Lord, I pray give me my country back. I’ll be good. I swear I’ll be good.

    • Lord, I pray give me my country back. I’ll be good. I swear I’ll be good.

      Lord hear our prayer.

  • Xerxes22

    Leftists use the word “ethnic” to mean non-White. It’s the direct opposite of its original meaning. The editors of Amren should not go along with this perversion of words and their rightful usage.

    • ThomasER916

      There it is. Pro-minority is code for anti-White.

  • mgs166

    “For many immigrants the very concept of medical insurance is alien.”

    For many immigrants the very concept of assimilation is alien.

    • Hal K

      Assimilation is beside the point.

      • mgs166

        Think again.

  • Romulus

    The kill of the white mans most powerful voting bloc healthcare is going to be an absolute train wreck. 13,000 pages of crud that hardly a partisan lying orator has even read it. How wonderful that we’re paying for our own replacement.

    MY HATS OFF TO THE LOYALISTS LAST NIGHT! Give yourselves a round of applause!!. Our discussion on happy endings cut so close to the bone, 350 or so comments were deleted.
    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!!!

  • Paleoconn

    I believe this administration advertises SNAP in Mexico.

  • Bubbamelon

    I love how the media always tries to paint that the legal/illegal person is always “so isolated”. B.S., they are more hooked in and know more about the gibs available than I ever will. These people just want to sign them up for more gibs at my tax payer expense.

    I checked the prices on the “exchange”, what is this Soylent Green?, and I couldn’t working go out and suddenly pay $400 a month for this grand plan of insurance, so I know these “isolated”, shed a tear, people aren’t doing it.

    Why continue to work, other than survival against a loaded deck of cards that will fail eventually.

    • emiledurk16

      A “woman of color” approached me coming out of a grocery store and said: “Do you have you’re free Obama phone?”
      I said: “Mam, I don’t want anything free from Obama or you.”

  • Luca

    The whole purpose of this BS health plan is to redistribute wealth by yet another incompetent government bureaucracy. Taking the money of people who work, pooling it and redistributing it to those who have contributed nothing.

  • emiledurk16

    They wouldn’t have any consequences, Crow.
    Only we would have consequences.
    The enrollment forms would be filled out for them, complete with an interpreter.
    All they would have to do is sign it at the end.
    Of course a voter registration card would accompany this, and would be filled out for them in whatever obscure language they spoke. “Don’t forget who’s giving you this free stuff” would be implicit.
    My guess is that 65% of the enrollees would be here illegally anyway.

  • emiledurk16

    Is there any lower life form than a self-righteous Ivy league professor?

  • mike

    Why do you need medical insurance? If you are sick don’t you just go to emergency and under the law the hospital has to take care of you regardless your finances. Pay them? Of course not if you are black or an illegal or any other irresponsible person.

  • StillModerated

    Sam Beau and Mouche-elle making a toast with Ripple in fancy Chinese-made goblets. Pure class!