Torrance Lawmaker Fears Poor English Speakers At Risk Of ‘ObamaCare’ Scams

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A state lawmaker on Wednesday unveiled plans to help protect unwitting Californians with poor English skills from being taken advantage of when buying health insurance for the first time.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports 7 million Californians will soon have health insurance thanks to “ObamaCare” — unless the crooks get to them first.

The Affordable Care Act will make an estimated 32 percent of previously-ineligible Californians now eligible for insurance subsidies, many of whom speak English poorly or not at all.

State Senator Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) has proposed legislation to regulate marketing practices that may target unsuspecting patients who may get confused as they wade through what can be an overwhelming process for even fluent English speakers.

“Under the Affordable Care Act, you have to buy insurance, but you can’t just buy, for instance, cancer insurance, that doesn’t fulfill the federal health care mandate,” said Lieu. “We don’t want people saying, ‘Hey, buy this very cheap insurance policy and it covers that mandate’, when in fact it does not.”

Senate Bill 1313 would apply specifically to PPO plans to ensure that materials sent out to prospective buyers in languages other than English are accurate.

Lieu said he fears the threat of scam artists grows exponentially for minorities, who make up 65 percent of Californians eligible for subsidies.

“We know throughout our history that when you expand a government program, there will be deception,” he said.

  • jmz least 2 good reasons obamacare needs to be stopped and english needs to be made the official language. but look at the dems. it proovs what the tea party has been saying. not only do they want to force people to buy insurance, force insurance to go under, but now they as stated before want the govt to tell you what you can and cannot buy. come on libs tell me that we tea party conservatives are wrong now? tell me that we are just fear and hate mongering racists who want poor people to die. face it and admit it. either you are a pro big govt slave or not. there is no in between

  • steve fern

    why not tell the truth . these ie poor english learners are ILLEGAL MEXICANS . get free help at tax payers expense while others here legally cant afford it . the only scam are them being here illegally …

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