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Investors’ Deep-Pocket Push To Defend Surprise Medical Bills

As proposals to ban surprise medical bills move through Congress and state legislatures with rare bipartisan support, physician groups have emerged as the loudest opponents.

Often led by doctors with the veneer of noble concern for patients, physician-staffing firms — third-party companies that employ doctors and assign them out to health care facilities — have opposed efforts to limit the practice known as balance billing. They claim such bans would rob doctors of their leverage in negotiating, drive down their payments and push them out of insurance networks.

Opponents have been waging well-financed campaigns. Slick TV ads and congressional lobbyists seek to stop legislation that had widespread support from voters. Nearly 40% of patients said they were “very worried” about surprise medical bills, which generally arise when an insured individual inadvertently receives care from an out-of-network provider.

But as lobbyists purporting to represent doctors and hospitals fight the proposals, it has become increasingly clear that the force behind the multimillion-dollar crusade is not only medical professionals, but also investors in private equity and venture capital firms.

In the past eight years, in such fields as emergency medicine and anesthesia, investors have bought and now operate many large physician-staffing companies. And key to their highly profitable business strategy is to not participate in insurance networks, allowing them to send surprise bills and charge patients a price they set — with few limitations.

“We’ve started to realize it’s not us versus the hospitals or the doctors, it’s us versus the hedge funds,” said James Gelfand, senior vice president of health policy at ERIC, a group that represents large employers.

“They have money to burn,” said a Democratic congressional aide with knowledge of the lobbying efforts “They’re in take-the-bill-down mode.”

Private equity firms and the staffing companies they own have a lot to lose, too. While doctors largely once worked for hospitals or had individual contracts, many hospitals now rely on these huge staffing businesses to provide doctors for various departments. Companies like Envision Physician Services and TeamHealth provide doctors to dozens, sometimes hundreds of hospitals. Private equity firms back these ever-growing outsourced staffing companies.

Because patients have no effective way to protect themselves from unexpected medical bills, even knowledgeable, proactive people with comprehensive insurance can find themselves whisked away to an out-of-network hospital in an emergency or treated by an out-of-network anesthesiologist at the in-network hospital they selected.

Several lawmakers have adopted the issue, one seemingly ready-made for campaign season: In fighting surprise bills, they are attacking a practice both reviled by the public and easy to explain.

What’s harder to explain is where the money on the other side of the campaign comes from. Coalitions like Physicians for Fair Coverage and dark-money groups with innocuous names like Doctor Patient Unity have flooded the airwaves with ads urging people to call their lawmakers and voice opposition to ending surprise bills. And those lawmakers are overwhelmingly senators facing difficult reelection fights next year, who might be hesitant to vote for change — especially if it means more expensive ad campaigns aimed at taking them down.

To understand the power and size of private equity in the U.S. health care system, one must first understand physician-staffing firms.

Increasingly, hospitals have turned to third-party companies to fill their facilities with doctors. Among driving factors: physician shortages, a bigger insured population because of the Affordable Care Act and an aging population, according to research from the investment firm Harris Williams & Co.

In some areas, doctors have few options but to contract with a staffing service, which hires them out and helps with the billing and other administrative headaches that occupy much of a doctor’s time. Staffing companies often have profit-sharing agreements with hospitals, so some of the money from billing patients is passed back to the hospitals.

The two largest staffing firms, EmCare and TeamHealth, together make up about 30% of the physician-staffing market.

That’s where private equity comes in. A private equity firm buys companies and passes on the profits they squeeze out of them to the firm’s investors. Private equity deals in health care have doubled in the past 10 years. TeamHealth is owned by Blackstone, a private equity firm. Envision and EmCare are owned by KKR, another private equity firm.

With affiliates in every state, these privately owned, profit-driven companies staff emergency rooms, own dialysis facilities and operate physician practices. Research from 2017 shows that when EmCare entered a market, out-of-network billing rates went up between 81 and 90 percentage points. When TeamHealth began working with a hospital, its rates increased by 33 percentage points.

A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 1 in 6 Americans with insurance were surprised by a medical bill after treatment at a hospital in 2017.

That is no coincidence: In many states, balance billing — when a provider charges a patient the difference between their fee and what their insurance company paid — is legal, so physician-staffing services have little incentive to contract with insurance companies and provide in-network doctors.

“These physician-staffing companies are benefiting tremendously from the ability to bill out-of-network,” said Zack Cooper, an associate professor of public health at Yale, who has studied physician-staffing firms and balance billing. “It’s a small but profitable sliver of the health care system that these firms are using to make pretty significant amounts of money.”

Cooper said the business models are built on the ability to get profits from balance billing.

“Private equity firms are buying up physician practices that allow them to bill out-of-network, cloaking themselves in the halo that physicians generally receive and then actively watering down any legislation that would both protect patients but affect their bottom line,” Cooper said.

The staffing firm Envision disputed this assessment of its business model. An emailed statement said more than 90% of its business comes from in-network agreements and that the company continues ”actively advocating for a federal solution to surprise medical bills.”

The two possible solutions on the table in congressional legislation are arbitration and benchmarking.

Arbitration sends the insurers and health care providers through an independent review to determine a fair price in the event of a balance bill.

Under benchmarking, out-of-network physician charges are paid by the patient’s health plan based on an average of what other in-network doctors in the area are paid. Money is being spent on all sides of the debate, but for the physicians and private equity firms, it’s weighted most heavily on the side of arbitration.

Assorted groups have organized themselves into different coalitions and mega-groups to pool resources for lobbying and ads. On the side of benchmarking, there is the Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing, made up of employers and insurers like Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Association of Health Insurance Plans and ERIC, which represents large employers. 

On the arbitration side, there is Out of the Middle, Physicians for Fair Coverage, SOAR and Doctor Patient Unity, to name a few. Ostensibly, these are composed of doctor and hospital groups.

“It’s important that federal legislation to end surprise billing also incentivizes all providers and insurers to negotiate in good faith in order to increase the number of in-network providers and ensure patients’ continued access to high-quality medical care,” added Megan Taylor, a spokeswoman for Physicians for Fair Coverage.

Yet these groups are dominated by private equity and hedge-fund-backed organizations. Physicians for Fair Coverage is made up of ApolloMD (a staffing firm owned in part by the investment firm ValorBridge), Radiology Partners (a staffing firm owned in part by the investment firm New Enterprise Associates) and a trio of staffing firms called US Acute Care Solutions, US Radiology Specialists and US Anesthesia partners (all partly owned by the investment firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe).

Among the groups listed as lobbying on surprise bills are hospital groups like Christus Health (which uses EmCare) and Wellstar Health Systems (which uses ApolloMD). In addition, HCA, a large hospital chain that has had a joint venture with EmCare, has also been active on these issues.

Even the groups that appear to represent independent doctors are tied to private equity and staffing firms. Out of the Middle consists of trade organizations for specialty doctors, like the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists and many others. It’s mostly run by ACEP, whose immediate past president, Dr. Rebecca Parker, was also a senior vice president at Envision.

Spending on lobbying around this issue has been generous, according to disclosures from the Center for Responsive Politics. The staffing firm Mednax spent $ 180,000 on lobbying the House and Senate. TeamHealth and TeamHealth Inc. together spent $ 100,000. Physicians for Fair Coverage spent $ 145,000. US Physician Partners, an “informal lobbying group” that never lobbied before 2019, spent $ 130,000.

“There’s no way we can match them,” said Gelfand, from ERIC. “We’re entering this debate knowing we’re being horrifically outspent.”

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Legislation To End Surprise Medical Bills Has High Public Support — In Both Parties

Nearly 8 in 10 Americans support legislation to protect people from surprise medical bills, a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows.

That support persisted no matter which party was asked: 84% of Democrats, 78% of independents and 71% of Republicans said they support surprise billing legislation, according to the poll. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)

Surprise bills are the unexpected ― and often expensive — charges patients receive after getting care from a doctor or hospital not in their insurance network. The issue has attracted a lot of attention in recent years, with ongoing projects like KHN-NPR’s “Bill of the Month” series and Vox’s look at emergency room bills illuminating the scope of the problem. The White House and both parties on Capitol Hill have expressed interest in finding ways to protect consumers from the practice.

But Congress has been bombarded by relentless attack ads and deep-pocketed lobbying against legislation that would end surprise billing.

And with lawmakers returning to work this week after the summer recess, some of the supporters of legislation on Capitol Hill worry that effort may destroy their chances of passing an effective law.

Critics claim that the primary legislation under consideration — in which a patient’s insurance would pay the out-of-network provider based on the average of what other doctors nearby are paid — would result in doctors and hospitals being paid less.

But the KFF poll found 57% of respondents support passing legislation to address the problem even after hearing the critics’ argument.

And as Democratic and Republican politicians alike discuss dismantling the ACA, whether through implementing a “Medicare for All” plan or ruling the existing law unconstitutional, the poll also found the public has some reservations about making drastic changes to the health system.

Ahead of Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate, the poll found that 55% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents prefer a presidential candidate who wants to build on the ACA. About 40% said they prefer one who wants to replace it with a Medicare for All plan, which some advocates such as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders suggest would provide a single health plan for the entire country and replace all private insurance.

Those numbers are nearly identical to the findings in KFF’s last tracking poll in July.

KFF’s new poll showed the polarization that could undermine Democrats’ chances of unifying behind a single presidential candidate in 2020: 14% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents said they would vote only for a candidate who wants to replace the ACA with Medicare for All.

It also found 69% of all Americans support a government-administered public option health plan that consumers could opt into, a policy former Vice President Joe Biden included in his health plan. About 41% of Republicans said they support a public option.

That said, the poll shows many respondents do not see the difference between the policies that Democratic candidates are pitching: About 47% said a public option and a Medicare for All plan are similar.

The new poll also shows that support for the Affordable Care Act has hit an all-time high among Democrats, with 84% saying they view it favorably. The ACA became law in 2010.

KFF’s findings confirm that the Donald Trump presidency has galvanized Democratic support for the ACA, former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy. The percentage of Democrats who favor the law has increased by 11 percentage points since February 2017.

Among other policy questions, 70% of those surveyed said lowering prescription drug costs should be a major health care-related priority for Congress, and 69% said maintaining the ACA’s protections for those with preexisting conditions should be a top priority.

The KFF poll was conducted Sept. 3-8, with researchers surveying 1,205 adults by landline and cellphone, in English and Spanish. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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We’re just a few hours away from Apple’s iPhone event, but we’re not done with last-minute iPhone 11 leaks just yet. The iPhone 11 isn’t a total secret, and we already know what the phone will look like since several reports have confirmed the new multi-lens camera modules coming to the iPhone 11 series. Also, some of the phones’ new features have been leaked recently, including the new R-series co-processor and reverse wireless charging support — though that last one apparently might not make it to this iPhone generation after all. But a new leak likely tells us how much the iPhone 11 phones will cost, listing other specs for the handsets, including the storage capacities. And if it’s accurate, Apple fans in store for a pretty incredible surprise.

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Surprise Medical Bill Legislation Takes A Step Forward, But Will It Lead To A Step Back?

The House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday approved its version of legislation to curb surprise medical bills.

Though this step was an important advance, there’s still a long way forward before Congress agrees on a legislative solution to this high-profile consumer concern.

These bills, the unexpected and often high charges patients face when they get care from a doctor or hospital that isn’t in their insurance network, have been the hot issue on Capitol Hill for months. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been tripping over themselves to address the widely loathed problem.

One of the existential questions of the debate has been how to compensate health care providers if balance billing — which is what happens when patients are responsible for the costs not covered by their insurer — is prohibited.

The bill before Energy and Commerce originally included what’s known as “benchmarking” to set the payment amount for out-of-network doctors. So, instead of sending patients a bill for the amount that their health plans don’t pay, a doctor would be forced to accept an amount that is the average of what other doctors in the area are paid for the procedure.

This approach has been favored by groups representing employers and insurance plans but draws disdain from medical specialty provider groups. Those doctor organizations, which include specialists like emergency physicians and anesthesiologists, prefer arbitration, sometimes called “independent dispute resolution.” Under that system, both the insurer and provider would propose an amount to an independent third party, who would pick one of the two prices. The loser then pays the costs of the arbitration.

During the panel’s markup, Reps. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) and Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) successfully added an amendment, which would create a “backstop” to the measure’s benchmarking approach.

Here’s how it works: The doctor’s payment would still be based on a benchmark, but if he or she thinks that isn’t high enough, the physician can appeal to an arbitrator. This backstop could be used only if the dollar amount in question is more than $ 1,250, and the arbitrator can consider only the complexity of the case and the quality of care.

“While I prefer the benchmark like we have in Oregon, I think it strikes a fair and necessary balance,” said the committee’s top Republican, Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon.

Though it’s a tidy compromise between the positions, it means the House bill no longer matches the primary legislation moving through the Senate, which earlier this summer gained the approval of that chamber’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee  That bill exclusively favors benchmarking.

HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has indicated he’s open to discussions. Other members of the panel, such as Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), applauded the House action.

“The House is taking a step in the right direction,” Cassidy said in an email. “We need to end up in a place that gives patients security while having a level playing field for providers, hospitals and insurers.”

No everyone viewed the “backstop” idea as a positive step forward.

A range of stakeholders who oppose the arbitration approach because they think it will lead to higher costs over time have offered stinging criticism, some even withdrawing their support for the Energy and Commerce measure.

“We have asked Congress for one key assurance — protect us, and our employees, from being locked into government-mandated binding arbitration, which is being pushed by Wall Street-owned doctor groups,” Annette Guarisco Fildes, the CEO of ERIC, a group that represents large employers, said in a statement around five hours before the amendment was introduced in committee.

“Disappointingly, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is set to report out legislation that locks employers into exactly such a mandate,” she added.

Even groups that have been championing the independent dispute resolution approach, like the American College of Emergency Physicians, have qualms with the compromise, saying most emergency services cost less than $ 1,250 and won’t qualify for arbitration.

That isn’t the only hurdle ahead for the surprise bill legislation.

In the Senate, where the surprise bill provisions are part of a larger package aimed at lowering health care costs across the industry, senators have placed 10 “holds” on the legislation, meaning it can’t go to the Senate floor for a vote yet.

Still, staffers are optimistic that bill can still pass before the Senate leaves D.C. for its August recess.

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Tyler, The Creator Announces Surprise London Show

Tyler, The Creator has announced a surprise London show following the release of IGOR yesterday. Teasing the news, Tyler posted a picture of him outside Buckingham Palace along with the news “LONDON, SEE YOU AT 3.” Tyler also added on Twitter that he will “update you later with location.”

The decision to play in London is notable, after reports that Tyler, The Creator had been banned from visiting the UK in 2015. After cancelling a string of shows — including performances at Reading and Leeds — back in 2015, Tyler tweeted that he had been banned “for three to five years” based on lyrics he had written in 2009.

Keep an eye out for details of Tyler’s first London show today and, while you wait, take a look at his recently-released video for “EARFQUAKE.”

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President Donald Trump called for an end to the “unpleasant surprise” of certain medical bills on Thursday. Specifically, he outlined a plan that would forbid bills beyond in-network insurance rates in emergencies. For elective procedures, patients would have to consent in advance to receiving care from an out-of-network provider — and get only one bill after a surgery. NPR reporter Selena Simmons-Duffin covered the White House announcement, which featured two patients from the KHN-NPR “Bill of the Month” series.

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They do! Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner married in a surprise Las Vegas wedding after the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, May 1.

Diplo posted video from the couple’s nuptials in front of an Elvis Presley impersonator dressed in a red jumpsuit.

The Game of Thrones star, 23, wore a white dress with a veil while her groom, 29, was dressed in a dark gray suit and white shirt for the ceremony where country stars Dan + Shay played their hit “Speechless” as Turner walked down the aisle.

The singer’s brothers Nick and Kevin Jonas were in attendance for the nuptials, which concluded with the celebrant singing “Viva Las Vegas” while the couple danced and the friends and family in attendance cheered.

Entertainment Tonight reports that the pair got a marriage license earlier in the day.

The couple, who were first linked in fall 2016, announced their engagement in October 2017 with matching photos on Instagram that showed off the British star’s stunning pear-shaped diamond engagement ring. “I said yes,” she wrote on her post, while the DNCE frontman captioned his, “She said yes.” Joe’s father, Kevin Jonas Sr., commented on Turner’s post writing, “We are so happy to welcome you to our family.”

Us Weekly previously reported that the pair were set to wed in France this summer, so it’s likely that they will follow in his brother Nick’s footsteps and have more than one ceremony, as the Jumanji actor did when he wed Priyanka Chopra in India in December.

The Camp Rock actor jokingly said earlier this month that he’d learned something important from their wedding.

“I mean, we are getting married in France, so a lot of Coors Light is necessary,” Joe said during an interview on the Zach Sang Show. “Not hard, really, to get that, but we needed to make sure that was going to happen.”

“We learned a lesson from my wedding,” Nick added. “Our friends drink a lot of beer, specifically, and we ran out of beer at the wedding, at my wedding, which was a big issue.”

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Texas Lawmakers Take Aim At Surprise Medical Bills

A bipartisan group of lawmakers announced plans to address surprise medical bills in a way that would take the “burden” off Texans.

During a press conference Thursday, state Sen. Kelly Hancock, a Republican from suburban Fort Worth, announced he had filed a bill aimed at preventing medical providers from balance-billing patients, among other things. State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, a Democrat from San Antonio, is filing a similar bill in the House.

If passed, the legislation would force medical providers and health insurers to mediate payment disputes before they send bills to patients. Hancock said the point of SB 1264 is to take “the burden off of patients.”

“[It] takes it off of their plates completely,” Hancock said.

He highlighted the case of Drew Calver, a public school teacher in Austin whose six-figure hospital bill after a heart attack was featured in a “Bill of the Month” investigation by KHN, NPR member station KUT and CBS. Hancock noted Calver’s bill was reduced after the media attention, but it shouldn’t take such attention for a patient to get a reasonable bill.

Under this legislation, both sides of the payment dispute would settle their issues through an existing balance-bill mediation program. The Texas Department of Insurance program has been successful in lowering medical bills across the state.

The legislation would beef up the program, which addresses surprise balance bills greater than $ 500 from all emergency providers, including free-standing emergency departments and all out-of-network providers working at a network facility.

“This is designed to apply in situations where patients don’t have any choice which facility they go to or which physician is involved in their care,” Hancock said.

The insurance department’s mediation program, historically, had many loopholes and few consumers qualified for help. It was expanded in 2017, though, and more patients have been filing complaints.

For example, in 2014, the department was asked to mediate 686 medical bills. During the 2018 fiscal year, it received 4,445 bills.

Hancock said the program, so far, has saved Texas patients $ 30 million.

Consumer advocates argued the system works only when patients know mediation is an option, however.

Stacey Pogue, a senior policy analyst with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, said patients don’t always know help is available or they find the process intimidating.

“The instructions for how to do it are on your medical bill and your explanation of benefits — the most indecipherable documents you are going to get,” she told KUT earlier this year.

She and others have argued Texas should adopt a program similar to those in states like New York, California and Florida, whose systems are more consumer-friendly.

Martinez Fischer said it’s time Texas officials step in to help patients who are caught in the middle of disputes between medical providers and health insurers.

“It has been an industry issue for a few years — I grant you that,” he said, “the health plans and the providers fighting over their business interests, and I respect that. But 10 years later, it is a consumer issue.”

Among other things, Hancock’s bill would allow people with federally regulated self-funded health plans to opt into the state’s mediation program. According to Hancock, those plans make up about 40 percent of Texas’ insurance market, but those consumers are currently not able to take part in the program. Hancock said this should provide relief to consumers while federal lawmakers weigh their own efforts to address surprise medical bills.

“Texas will send a loud and clear signal to D.C. that similar consumer protections need to be passed at the federal level,” Hancock said. “Until then, Texas … [is] committed to doing something about it.”

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett said he’s encouraged by Texas’ efforts, but called federal protections “essential.”

“Only approval in Congress of legislation like my End Surprise Billing Act can both protect those who work for large employers with self-funded, federally regulated ERISA plans and assure that patients across America are not forced to pay the price for conflicts between insurers and health care providers,” he said in a statement.

This story is part of a partnership that includes KUT, NPR and Kaiser Health News.

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Single Mother Gets The Surprise Of A Lifetime From Her Bank [VIDEO]

 

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A 30-year-old nurse and single mother with $ 150,000 in student loan debt received an absolutely life-changing surprise on Wednesday.

Jasmin Ford was surprised with the news that Fifth Third Bank was going to be paying off her student loans entirely. “I still can’t find the words,” the mother said on Thursday. “I’m off work again today and I’m just sort of pacing around and restless because I know my life is going to change.”

Ford is a Chicago native and was the first in her family to graduate from college. She received her bachelor’s degree in 2011 and then became a nurse three years later after going back to school for her nursing degree. She finished her Master’s degree in nursing in 2015. With no family assistance, she said she had to take out student loans in order to cover necessities like food and rent in addition to tuition.

“I could not foresee when I’d be able to pay it off,” Ford said of her debt. “I just knew this was going to be a part of my life as long as I was alive unless there was some significant change, which — wow.” Ford said she now envisions being able to use her nursing career to give back even more and “pay it forward.”

“I just imagine being able to spend more time physically with my family, not having to hustle, having mental freedom and with that, some spiritual freedom,” she said. “I can open myself to more experiences, opportunities and just be able to sit and be with my thoughts and be able to pursue what it is I came to do.”

She also said that life will change for her son, Caleb, who is going to turn 2 in February. While struggling to pay back her debt, Ford worked nearly every day of the week at two jobs. “His life will be totally different,” she said. “I’m so happy and so proud that I’m able to offer that to him more than anything else because he deserves it.”

Jasmine Ford was surprised by Fifth Third Bank after being chosen to participate in a documentary that the Ohio-based bank was producing on the student loan debt. She didn’t know she was being awarded $ 150K for her loans, because she thought the film crew was simply coming back to her home on Wednesday to shoot some additional video.

Next year, Fifth Third Bank plans to pay off student debt for two more people. The bank will pay off loans of up to $ 39,000 for two users of Fifth Third Momentum, the bank’s student loan initiative that rounds up a customer’s debit card purchases and applies it to their student loan balance.


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As an Afro-Latina, Gina Rodriguez’s Comments Don’t Surprise Me

First things first, Latina women can be and say racist things, too.

In many Central and Latin American countries and communities, black women — let’s just say what it is, black people — are often erased or seen as second-class citizens. That reality is the first thing that came to mind when I saw the uproar concerning Gina Rodriguez’ statement about African American women making more money than Latina women in Hollywood.

“I get so petrified in this space talking about equal pay, especially when you look at the intersectional aspect of it, right? Where white women get paid more than black women, black women get paid more than Asian women, Asian women get paid more than Latina women, and it’s like a very scary space to step into,” said Rodriquez during a recent roundtable discussion with fellow actresses Gabrielle Union, Emma Roberts, and Ellen Pompeo.

I honestly think it is difficult for Rodriguez to see black women win; given the fact this is not the first time she has spoken on the success of black people. I’m not sure why since black women set the standard for liberation and lead movements women of color and white women benefit beyond the ranks of entertainment. Black women have had an unparalleled journey in the film industry.

Need Rodriguez be reminded of the women who fought to integrate plays, films, and television shows and made history despite adversity? Or should we recall the history of black women being subjected to playing roles similar to the realities their mothers and grandmothers lived through as servants, during extreme moments of injustice, poverty, and racism?

And yes — I stretched before I reached on this one. I get the context of Rodriguez’ comment. But at the end of the day, she had no right to use black women as a point of reference or comparison to communicate her feelings about diversity and equal pay in Hollywood; invalid or not.



Somebody get her on the phone.

Instead of counting a black woman’s coins, she should find ways to partner and collaborate with us. As someone who has been given the label and responsibility of a said activist, she could be using her energy to uplift women across the Latin community. But then again, that would require her to see and put on for Afro-Latin women who make less than her as some of the most underrepresented women in general. But that’s an entirely different story.

I often pay homage to my late immigrant Garifuna Honduran grandmother whose name I carry and use in my byline. Today, I decided to channel her Latin spice to call Rodriguez out and charge her with the task of being more mindful of her position as a young Latina with power and privilege.

I want to see all women win and we can’t do that if we’re not helping one another build.

 


The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author’s and not necessarily the opinion of Black Enterprise.

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