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Most Asian Americans are against the recall, but some haven’t forgiven Newsom for his nail salon remark

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Vietnamese American Phuoc Dam, center, who has owned a nail salon for more than 20 years, favors recalling Gov. Gavin Newsom.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Phuoc Dam has not forgiven Gov. Gavin Newsom for alleging that the first coronavirus case in California stemmed from a nail salon.

Dam, who owns Queen Nails in Brea, is still reeling from months without income after Newsom closed many businesses to stop the virus from spreading.

He marked his ballot “yes” on recalling Newsom, putting it in the mail weeks ago.

“It’s simple. He cost us our livelihood,” said Dam, 67, a Republican who moved to the U.S. from Vietnam. “We had to shut down for months and months for no clear reason.”

“I tell you, the governor was partying without a mask with his friends while telling us to wear masks”

Asian Americans have increasingly gravitated toward the Democratic party, overwhelmingly supporting Joe Biden over Donald Trump in the last presidential election.

A poll released Friday by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies and cosponsored by the Los Angeles Times showed that 70% of likely Asian American voters are against recalling the Democratic governor.

That’s a higher percentage than white voters at 56% and Latinos at 67%. Only Black voters, at 73%, are more anti-recall than Asian Americans, according to the poll.

But in Little Saigon, opinions are more mixed. Many Vietnamese immigrants are vehemently anti-communist, which often translates into support for the Republican Party.

President Trump’s tough-on-China stance endeared him to many Vietnamese, strengthening their conservative loyalties.

Add to that the plight of business owners during the pandemic and Newsom’s nail salon remark, which was not backed by evidence, and the pro-recall contingent here is passionate.

Nail salons, along with other small businesses, have been an economic mainstay for Vietnamese immigrants, vaulting them into the middle class.

Vietnamese-language radio and television commentators have called the Republican-led recall the “top issue” facing the state, sprinkling their reports with images of Democratic heavyweights like Vice President Kamala Harris and former President Obama campaigning with Newsom.

The Vietnamese media has tried to stay neutral, offering information on what it takes to mount a recall while highlighting the “optimistic” mood among Democrats as well as Republican efforts to topple the status quo.

Larry Elder, the Republican frontrunner to replace Newsom if the recall is successful, has courted Asian voters by attacking the governor’s business shutdowns and highlighting how Asian American students have been hurt by affirmative action.

But Elder, a conservative radio talk show host with roots in South Los Angeles, has not caught on broadly among Asian Americans, either in Little Saigon or statewide.

The UC Berkeley poll showed 23% of likely Asian American voters selecting Elder for question two — the lowest of any ethnic group.

Dam, who has owned his nail salon for more than 20 years, said he left the second question blank because he is not familiar with the challengers.

After reopening last fall, his salon is down from 22 employees to 10. Customers are still fearful of outings like manicures and pedicures that require sustained indoor contact, and some workers are reluctant to come back, he and other salon professionals said.

Dam pointed to the French Laundry incident, when Newsom was caught violating his own coronavirus restrictions by dining with several other families at an expensive restaurant.

“I tell you, the governor was partying without a mask with his friends while telling us to wear masks,” Dam said. “He made it appear as if the law doesn’t apply to him, and this is not what people in Little Saigon respect. They respect the truth.”

At a small rally organized by Vietnamese recall proponents last month in Westminster, manicurists demanded that Newsom be ousted for not publicly apologizing that he and his staff made a mistake in May by singling out a nail salon as ground zero for the coronavirus.

Some passed out fliers with images of Newsom unmasked, to show that he flouted his own safety guidelines. Others gave interviews to radio and television reporters, detailing the huge financial losses they suffered after their salons closed.

At the start of the pandemic in March 2020, California was home to 11,000 nail salons, with 80% owned by Vietnamese Americans, according to the Pro Nails Assn.

Experts say the backlash against Newsom in the Vietnamese community is not surprising.

“Certainly, there’s a sense of insult to the community when a core group of its members has been portrayed negatively like this — especially when that community historically has leaned toward the Republicans” because of the party’s consistent anti-communist messaging, said Sara Sadhwani, assistant professor of politics at Pomona College who has researched voting behavior with an emphasis on the representation of racial, ethnic and immigrant communities.

Sadhwani said that while Chinese Americans, Filipino Americans, Indian Americans and Korean Americans have steadily leaned toward the Democratic Party, Vietnamese Americans often have followed a different path.

In a poll conducted a few months before the 2020 presidential election, Vietnamese Americans were the only Asian group to support Trump over Biden.

Last week, Elder hopped onstage at the landmark Asian Garden Mall in Little Saigon, trashing the governor’s “draconian” state shutdown.

“A good third of all small businesses are gone forever,” he said. “Many of those businesses are owned by racial minorities.”

Manicurist Cathy Nguyen showed up because she was deciding how to vote. Nguyen, a Republican from Garden Grove in her 40s, said she was intrigued by Elder’s “open honesty,” especially on crime and anti-Asian violence.

At a Tuesday press conference, Elder, who is Black, criticized the media for not highlighting the race of anti-Asian hate crime perpetrators, many of whom he alleged were Black.

Nguyen said she “appreciates that this is a man who highlights the race of the perpetrators of crime when sometimes, politicians are afraid to mention race.”

But plenty of Vietnamese American voters are against the recall. Graphic designer Jessie Nguyen, a Democrat, is trying to persuade family and friends to vote “no.” Their attraction to Trump makes it an uphill battle.

“People want to be Trumpists” and do as Trump “would do,” she said.

Watching fellow pingpong players rocket the ball back and forth at the Orange County Table Tennis Assn in Fountain Valley, Vinh Tran said Newsom has handled the pandemic “beautifully.”

The state is still thriving economically and offering opportunities for immigrants, so there is no need to boot Newsom, said Tran, 57, a chemistry professor who is not registered with a political party.

“He did what needed to be done to keep us safe,” Tran said.

Hang Nguyen, 55, of Santa Ana, has been anti-recall from the start.

“No governor has been as visible as Mr. Newsom on fighting COVID,” said Nguyen, a restaurant manager, while in line for quail eggs at Bao-N-Baguette in Fountain Valley. “He deserves to be at the head of the state.”

Anh Do, staff writers Seema Mehta and Julia Wick contributed to this report. (2021, September 12). Most Asian Americans are against the recall, but some haven’t forgiven Newsom for his nail salon remark. Los Angeles Times. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-09-12/little-saigon-recall-nail-salon

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“TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT,” IS HURTING PATIENT CARE

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Coast Surgery Center of Huntington Beach, CA is suing some of the largest health insurance providers in the country; United Health Care, Cigna, Anthem Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California, Blue Cross Blue Shield Associates, and all Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliated companies for illegal, coercive, unfair, fraudulent practices, bad faith and deceptive advertisements.

When patients need a provider, they often look for an in-network provider to save them money but when a patient requires an out-of-network specialist or wants a provider they trust, insurance carriers like Blue Cross, utilize a separate rate for these out-of-network providers. Even before services are rendered to a patient, the out-of-network provider and facility obtain authorization with the insurance carrier for approval and are provided with the usual, customary, and reasonable (UCR) rate. Based on the UCR rate provided by the insurance, the provider and patient understand that if they are to proceed, how much the insurance company will reimburse.

This lawsuit arises because Blue Cross is intentionally underpaying Coast Surgery Center even after Coast had obtained authorization and was provided with the UCR rates from Blue Cross.  Blue Cross’s scheme was to significantly reduce the reimbursement rate from UCR to below Medicare rate and this is a “take it or leave it” offer.

For example, Coast Surgery Center billed Blue Cross $49,550 for a surgery and Blue Cross paid $202.99! Medical facilities cannot stay in business and offer quality service to patients when they are unable to cover rent, let alone utilities, supplies, and staff. Why would a patient purchase insurance coverage that’s hundreds of dollars a month when they can walk into a surgery center and just pay only $202.99 for their surgery? It’s inconceivable that Blue Cross can consider this “usual, customary, and reasonable.” Blue Cross was paying 75% – 100% of approved out-of-network charges to Coast Surgery Center prior to 2019 but since 2019 to July 2022, Blue Cross has only paid 1.59% of bills totaling over $6M, for the same procedures they have approved before, so how is this “usual, customary, and reasonable?”

Blue Cross collects billions of dollars from insurance premiums each year but is too greedy to pay out the providers that have rendered services to patients. Blue Cross is the middle man taking money from customers, paying pennies to the dollar to providers, and keeping a large chunk for themselves without having to lift a finger. Contrary to their claims that they care about reducing member healthcare costs, patients have been forced to pay more for their healthcare as a result of their scheming practices, while giving less access to providers of choice. If Blue Cross is not stopped, they will ruin out-of-network medical providers, patients will have limited choices, and the quality of care will diminish. Blue Cross is manipulating the system and have conspired with third-party servicers like Multi-plan to defraud many out-of-network providers by coercing them into servicing patients with authorization and then extorting the providers into contracts that only offer significantly reduced rates leaving them in an impossible position.

When deciding their health and the well-being of their families, patients want to be able to select their doctor based on their needs, not based on the insurance carrier’s pool of what they have to offer. Blue Cross forces patients to pay higher out-of-pocket costs for using out-of-network providers, ultimately, its practices increase costs and deprive patients of their right to choose their doctors.

Blue Cross and many large insurance companies pay lobbyists to help create laws that allow them loopholes to be able to get away with cheating their customers. Customers then purchase insurance policies that might not even cover them when they need it. When customers get frustrated and demand the insurance to pay or want to ring the alarm, the insurance company pays Medicare rate, instead of paying the UCR rates as they really should be. This doesn’t make any sense when insurance premiums increase annually, and coverage keeps decreasing.

California tax payers including patients, doctors, and facilities fund the Department of Insurance and the Department of Managed Healthcare (DMHC) so that they can ensure consumers of their healthcare rights and to protect consumers from being cheated. Yet these departments have ignored these insurance companies or are not aware of their tactics. These Departments should be protecting consumers and investigating these insurance payout processes because the insurance companies are working the system and using the loophole to scam customers of millions of dollars in premiums and paying out next to nothing or nothing at all. So the Dept of Insurance and DMHC should be protecting patients, instead of protecting the health insurance companies and letting them work the system.

If you are a medical provider or facility that feels you’ve been pressured by insurance companies to accept an unreasonable rate for your services, file your complaint with the Department of Managed Health Care by calling (888) 466-2219 https://www.dmhc.ca.gov/ or write to them at 980 9th St., #500, Sacramento, CA 95814. You can also contact the Department of Insurance at (800) 927-4357 https://www.insurance.ca.gov/ or your local political representative – who are no paid directly or indirectly by lobbyists for those private health insurance companies. You can also share your story with Truth Media or be referred for legal representation with a specialized attorney for your case against the insurance companies for illegal, coercive, unfair, fraudulent practices, bad faith, and deceptive advertisements by emailing info@truthmedia.news.

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CHỦ SỞ HỮU CỦA LEE SANDWICHES CẮT ĐỨT CÁNH TAY ĐANG LÀM THỨC ĂN CHO CHÍNH MÌNH

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Nhiều người Mỹ nhập cư đến đây để trốn khỏi đất nước đang gặp khó khăn của họ, tìm kiếm sự tự do khỏi cuộc đàn áp, hoặc để có cơ hội kinh tế tốt hơn. Đa số người Việt Nam nhập cư đến Mỹ vì tất cả những lý do này. Sau 45 năm, người Mỹ gốc Việt đang sống với giấc mơ Mỹ; họ sở hữu những ngôi nhà và cơ sở kinh doanh, có trình độ học vấn cao và họ cống hiến cho cộng đồng của họ. Nhiều người đã trở thành Công dân Hoa Kỳ, bỏ phiếu và một số thậm chí ứng cử vào văn phòng chính phủ. Nhưng khi những người Mỹ gốc Việt ăn mừng tự do của họ vào ngày 4 tháng 7 với tất cả những người Mỹ khác, thì có những người Mỹ gốc Việt sống giữa chúng tôi với tư cách là những kẻ phản bội và cộng sản.

Những người sống giữa chúng ta, sẽ không bao giờ tuyên bố mình là Cộng sản vì sợ công chúng thù địch. Nhưng với trường hợp của ông chủ Lee’s Sandwiches, ông Lê Văn Chiêu, ông có vẻ không quan tâm đến những gì người dân của mình nghĩ. Vào ngày 17 tháng 5 năm 2022, Thủ tướng Quốc gia cộng sản Việt nam, Phạm Minh Chính, đã đến thăm San Francisco và gặp gỡ Lê Văn Chiêu tại một sự kiện riêng (như hình thứ hai bên trái của bức ảnh dưới đây). Những người Mỹ gốc Việt nghe nói về điều này, đã rất phẫn nộ khi một người Mỹ rời bỏ đất nước của mình, xây dựng sự giàu có của mình trên đất Mỹ, và được rất nhiều người Mỹ ủng hộ, đã phản bội họ hết lần này đến lần khác. Khi Lê Văn Chiêu gặp Thủ tướng Nguyễn Minh Triết vào năm 2007, tại Dana Point, nhiều người Mỹ gốc Việt đã biểu tình bên ngoài cửa hàng Lee’s Sandwich của ông nhưng ông không rút ra bài học và tiếp tục đâm sau lưng những người ủng hộ mình.

Thật đáng buồn và đáng tiếc khi những tờ báo Việt Mỹ nhận tiền quảng cáo từ Lee’s Sandwiches lại chấp nhận ngậm miệng ăn tiền để không in về sự kiện ngày 17 tháng 5 năm 2022. Nếu muốn tìm kiếm sự kiện này trên Google, tất cả các bài báo đều được viết bởi các phương tiện truyền thông của Việt Nam chứ không phải ở Hoa Kỳ.

Lý do Lê Văn Chiêu liên kết với cộng sản là để họ có thể giúp ông ta vượt qua tội danh lừa dối công chúng bằng cách in trái phép nhãn USDA trên các sản phẩm của Lee’s Sandwiches. Về cơ bản, Lê Văn Chiêu đã quay lưng lại với những người đồng hương Mỹ của mình và đang nuôi dưỡng mối quan hệ của mình với những người cộng sản, chính chính phủ mà ông đã phải thoát ly. Một mặt, ông ta kiếm được của cải và tài sản của mình với những người bảo trợ Mỹ và mặt khác, ông ta đang bắt tay với cộng sản Việt Nam. Về cơ bản, ông ta đang cắn xé bàn tay nuôi sống mình và sẵn sàng phản bội đạo đức của chính mình để có được thứ ông ta muốn.

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LEE’S SANDWICHES OWNER BITES THE HAND THAT FEEDS HIM

Many immigrant Americans came here to escape their troubled countries, seeking freedom from persecution, or for better economic opportunities. A majority of Vietnamese immigrants came to America for all these reasons. After 45 years, Vietnamese Americans are now living the American dream; they own homes and businesses, are highly educated, and they give back to their community. Many have become U.S. Citizens, vote, and some even run for government office. But as Vietnamese Americans celebrate their freedom on July 4th with all other Americans, there are Vietnamese Americans living amongst us as traitors and communists.

Those who live amongst us, will never declare themselves as Communist for fear of public hostility. But in the case of Lee’s Sandwiches owner, Le Van Chieu, he seems to not care what his people think. On May 17, 2022 the Prime Minister of the Vietnamese Communist Country, Pham Minh Chinh, visited San Francisco and met with Le Van Chieu at a private event (as seen second to the left of the photo below). Vietnamese Americans who heard of this, are outraged that an American who left his country, built his wealth on American soil, and supported by so many Americans, has betrayed them over and over. When Le Van Chieu met Prime Minister Nguyen Minh Triet in 2007, in Dana Point, many Vietnamese Americans had protested and picketed outside his Lee’s Sandwich shop but he didn’t learn his lesson and continues to backstab his supporters.

It’s sad and unfortunate that Vietnamese American Newspapers that receive advertisement money from Lee’s Sandwiches accepted hush money to not print about the May 17, 2022 event. If one to were to search this event on Google, all articles are written by Vietnam’s media and not in the U.S.

Le Van Chieu’s reason for his affiliation with the communist is so that they can help him through his convicted criminal charge of deceiving the public by illegally printing USDA labels on Lee’s Sandwiches products. Basically, Le Van Chieu has turned his back on his fellow Americans and is nourishing his relationship with communists, the same government that he had to escape from. On one hand, he earned his wealth and fortune with American patrons and on the other hand he is shaking hands with Vietnamese communist. He is basically biting the hand that feeds him and is willing to betray his morals to get what he wants.

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We are asking for all California Residences to support this resolution to recognize Victims of Communism Day. Let’s join the other 13 states who have already signed the petition. For more information on Victims of Communism Day, please visit: https://victimsofcommunism.org/programs/voc-day/

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Please sign the petition in support of Congressman Janet Nguyen’s Resolution 116 at http://www.bankiennghicalifornia.com/

(Published: 7/24/2022

California Legislature — Regular Session 2021–2022

Resolution 116

By State Representative _

Janet Nguyen

House Resolution 116 — Concerning Victims of Communism Day.

WHEREAS, More than 100 years have passed since the Bolshevik revolution in Russia and the formation of the first communist government under Vladimir Lenin, resulting in decades of oppression and violence of the people under the regimes. communist degrees around the world: and

WHEREAS, Based on the economic philosophies of Karl Marx, communism has been shown to be incompatible with the ideals of freedom, prosperity and the dignity of human life and has given rise to monopolists. brutal talents such as Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, and Pol Pot; and

WHEREAS, communist regimes worldwide have killed more than 100 million people and subjected countless others to the exploitation and unspeakable atrocities by representative victims of many nationalities. , different beliefs and backgrounds; and

WHEREAS, through false promises of equality and liberation, or through coercion, brutality, and fear, communist regimes have robbed their people of their own right to freedom, liberty, and religion. religion, freedom of speech and freedom of association; and

WHEREAS, Many victims of communism have been persecuted as political prisoners because they dared to speak out against these regimes, and others have been killed in state-led genocidal purges and government groups; and

WHEREAS, In addition to violating basic human rights, communist regimes have suppressed intellectual freedom, cultural life and self-determination movements in more than 40 countries; now, so it’s possible

Resolved by the California State Assembly, November 7, is hereby recognized as Victims of Communism Day in memory of the 100 million victims of communist regimes worldwide; and maybe more

Resolved, the Chief Clerk of the Assembly of Representatives forwards copies of this resolution to the author for proper distribution. ###

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