Fox Pundit Says No Insurance for People Who Don't Speak English Well

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Fox Pundit Says Obamacare Shouldn't Be Offered in Foreign Languages

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Dana Perino, the Fox News pundit who served as White House press secretary during the final inglorious days of the Bush administration, unleashed this pearl of wisdom on the world today:

For starters: Not all doctors in the United States are monolingual English speakers. Hospitals are also capable of providing translation services to many patients. Or else you might have a child or other relative who could help translate.

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Last but by no means least in many ways navigating health insurance forms is more complicated than explaining some basic symptons to a doctor. I remember once being in an Italian pharmacy looking for some ointment to help salve a sunburn. Saying the word "sole" and pointing to my egregiously reddish skin was good enough to get the message across. That's not going to work with complicated bureacratic procedures and Web forms.

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Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.

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