California's Aliens To
merica's committment to multiculturalism and mass immigration
will soon drive up the already escalating costs of heath
insurance and shut out American workers from good-paying
Four years ago, the California legislature decided that
medical insurance companies must provide non-English speaking
alien customers with printed materials in their native languages
as well as translators when they visit doctors or hospitals.
Lawmakers set a deadline of mid-2008 for insurers to submit
That means health care costs will skyrocket as medical insurance
companies race to meet the deadline and hire intrepreters
"They will be diverting millions of dollars from health
care into cultural issues," warned Phil Kent, spokesman
for Americans for Immigration Control. "Consequently,
the cost of health insurance premiums will go up just to
make sure that immigrants, some of them illegal aliens,
will get medical service in the language of their choice.
That's a bitter pill to swallow."
Blue Cross of California admitted to the Los Angeles Times
last month that it is being forced to spend $20 million
to meet the new alien-friendly regulations.
According to the new state law, so-called "limited
English" patients must receive medical documents, including
bills and medication forms, in their native language. Printed
materials defined as "non-vital," such as promotional
or sales fliers, may be issued in English, but must be translated
within 21 days if an immigrant patient asks for such a service.
State officials said each insurance provider's language
translation services will vary in cost and size, but all
plans must include a demographic profile of their membership,
a list of what services will be offered to non-English speaking
customers, and a system for training staffers on how to
handle phone calls in different languages.
"That means workers who speak only English won't be
able to find work at these insurance companies as they race
to recruit bilingual employees, perhaps immigrants,"
said Kent. "Other English-speaking workers might not
be promoted or will be transferred to other jobs. That amounts
to blatant discrimination against American workers in their
own homeland," he said.
The most expensive part of the multiculturalist plan requires
insurance companies to provide interpreters during doctor
visits. That is regarded as a "right" by political
action groups working to transform the U.S. into a multicultural
"It helps cover a large portion of limited English
speakers who have jobs and have insurance, but don't know
their rights to better services," said Ellen Wu, executive
director of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, an
immigrant advocacy organization.
Health officials told the L.A. Times that no serious problems
have actually occurred in the absence of laws mandating
translation services. The law is designed simply to make
aliens feel more comfortable. "The problems [from language
differences] generally result in stressful, embarrassing,
confusing moments that come at times when people are already
at their least comfortable," the Times reported.
Marbella Sala, operations manager at UC Davis' Center for
Reducing Health Disparities, claimed that immigrants encounter
difficulties unless Americans help them. She told the Times
about one case in which a Chinese-speaking patient was rushed
to the hospital because she mistakenly put hemorrhoid ointment
in her eye. In another case, a Spanish-speaking patient
whose husband served as interpreter during a medical visit
believed she had contracted a venereal disease from a toilet
seat. The Times did not explain why those problems were
serious enough to warrant requiring across the board translation
Kent said the law doesn't really solve any serious problems,
and simply accelerates the de-Americanization caused by
"It relieves legitimate immigrants of the need to learn
to speak English while promoting bilingualism," he
said. "But the worst immediate aspect of the new law
is the cost it will impose on the rest of us. Middle Americans
will be paying a pretty penny in rising health insurance