Sebelius Excuses Sloppy Spanish Translations on Obamacare Website

Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 12:29 PM

By Melanie Batley

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius excused translation mistakes on the Spanish-language version of the Obamacare website, explaining that insurance terminology is "arcane" and therefore difficult to translate.

The comments came after a local Florida news station questioned Sebelius over the mistakes and poor quality of translations on the Spanish version of the Obamacare site, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, according to The Weekly Standard.

"Terminology in insurance is pretty arcane, even in English, and they probably did not have the smoothest translation into Spanish," Sebelius said.

She added that the translations were not done by a computer but by a team of experts tasked with a difficult job.

In the report by WFTV News, numerous translation mistakes were found. In one case, "monthly payment" was translated as "female cousin." In another instance, "out of pocket costs" was translated as "cost of my pocket."

Story continues below video.



This is the latest in a number of blunders for the Spanish version of HealthCare.gov. The site was not ready to be launched at the Oct. 1 rollout, leaving Spanish speakers unable to enroll in the new healthcare program online, even though Latino citizens face the same deadlines as English speakers.

Sebelius continues to be under fire by congressional lawmakers who are investigating the botched rollout of the healthcare program, as they examine what she and other senior members of the administration knew in advance of the disastrous launch.

One report this month indicated that Sebelius met with President Barack Obama 18 times in the run-up to the rollout, raising doubts about the truthfulness of her account that she and the president had not been aware of the impending problems before the launch of the site.

Related Stories:


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Judge Orders Extra Voting Help for Alaska Natives

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 20:37 PM

A federal judge on Monday ordered the state to take additional steps to provide voting materials to Alaska Native voters . . .

Pew Poll: Nearly Half of Americans Want More Religion in Politics

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 19:55 PM

Almost half of Americans think religion and politics should mix, according to a new survey.
 . . .

GAO: Feds' Consumer Watchdog Not Protecting Credit Data

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 19:45 PM

The agency created by President Barack Obama to protect consumers from financial fraud has amassed sensitive credit-card . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved