« Senate is tapping into Chiles endowment | Main | Obama admits to knowing someone in Florida »

Gonzalez sickened by newspaper's "diagnosis"

Eddy_gonzalez Rep. Eduardo "Eddy" Gonzalez, a Hialeah Republican, didn't take a recent dose of criticism dished by the Palm Beach Post editorial board too well. Gonzalez shot back at the Post today, over a March 23 editorial called "Diagnosis:Panderitis" where the paper criticized Gonzalez's Practice of Medicine Bill . Also dubbed by some the "Fidel Castro Scholarship Fund bill", Gonzalez's measure seeks to ban licensing doctors who were trained in Cuba. Cuban exiles would be exempt from the measure.

In a letter to Post editors Gonzalez wrote;

"I was elected to represent my constituents who, unlike your editorial board, do not take communism, tyranny, and legalized discrimination lightly, since many of them have suffered its effects firsthand."

The second term legislator, a former Hialeah City councilman, also noted;

"Contrary to myths promulgated by duplicitous American film directors who attack the very system that grants them their lives of privilege and luxury, ordinary Cuban citizens do not have access to their own beaches, their own hotels (which are all government owned), or uncensored information, among other things.  Specifically on the issue of health care, ordinary citizens are relegated to sub par, archaic, and quite frankly, abusive conditions in absolute squalor, while high-level government officials, communist party elites, and hard currency-paying foreigners are treated to proper care in state-of-the-art facilities.  This Cuban version of "free" health care is nothing more than health care apartheid, and I believe that those who selfishly turn a blind eye to such human and civil rights abuses do not possess the basic judgment and character required for the ethical practice of medicine in Florida.

For the complete letter download the link below:
Download response_to_diagnosis_panderitis_sunday_march_23_2008_palm_beach_post.EML.htm


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


Why does the Miami Herald never get comments on your blog?

sick of hearing about Cuba in America

Here is the thing "Eddy", this is Florida NOT Cuba. Florida is part of America, not Cuba, now you be mistaken into thinking that most Floridians give a sh&%$#T about a banana republic but guess what..we dont give a sh*&^%$#T. Now if you want to obsess about Cuba, maybe you ought to leave America and GO THERE!!!. You left..GET OVER IT!!!Americans are focussed on our countries issues and maybe assimilation would be better approach.


You go Eddy, you're absolutely right. We dont' need no more communist sympathizers in this country

Gonzalez is in his first term, being elected in 2006, after Ralph Arza quit the race.

However, if he believes "those who selfishly turn a blind eye to such human and civil rights abuses do not possess the basic judgment and character required for the ethical practice of medicine in Florida," he can't leave a moral loophole for Cuban-born doctors.

As a Cuban-American, I'm disgusted by Gonzalez's insinuation that particpating in learning in Cuba is somehow an automatic strike against someone's ethical standards. If more of our fellow Americans saw for themselves what was really happening in Cuba, instead of listening to propaganda from both sides and not knowing who to believe, we would be in a stronger position to build democracy in our nearest neighbor.

Isnt Cuba A state Sponsor of terrorism?

Why is there a bias against a free-Cuba? I am sure that a similar program with Iran or North Korea would not be acceptable. Why is Cuba different?

Keep up the good work eddy

The comments to this entry are closed.