Marina Murillo’s Daughter Defects to U.S.

A number of news agencies have reported that the Cuban Vice-President’s daughter is now living in Tampa, Florida.  Following is a link to an article, for example, published in the Miami Herald:

“Cuba Vice President Marino Murillo’s daughter defected and is living in Tampa - Glenda Murillo, daughter of Cuban Vice President Marino Murillo, defected and set dry foot in Texas earlier this month.”

According to the article and other sources, Cuban Vice President Marino Murillo “sometimes mentioned as a possible successor to ruler Raúl Castro.”  According to the article, Marino Murillo is known as Cuba’s “reforms tsar,” after Castro put him in charge of executing vast financial reforms.
It says, “Glenda Murillo Diaz crossed the Mexican border at Laredo, Texas, around Aug. 16, the sources told El Nuevo Herald, meaning she was paroled under the wet-foot, dry-foot policy, which allows Cubans who set foot on U.S. land to stay.” ‘
The article says the 24 year-old left Cuba about two weeks ago to attend a psychology conference in Mexico, but arrived at the home of an aunt who lives in Texas.
While we in Florida think of Cuban refugees arriving by raft, many Cubans find their way to Mexico to walk across the border into the U.S.
The writer says, “Her decision to abandon communist-ruled Cuba and settle in the historically antagonistic United States would be a vote of no-confidence on the profound economic reforms that Castro has ordered and that her father is in charge of enacting.”
The writer indicates that her residence in Tampa is confirmed, and that has posted information on her Facebook page indicating that she is indeed living in Tampa. Her Facebook page shows the scales of justice and indicate she studied law and the University of Havana.
Yoani Sanchez, well-known Cuban dissident blogger, wrote on her blog, Generation Y, an article called TEMPERING DAD. The link to Yoani’s article is:
In it, she paints a very different picture of the President, and seems to indicate that Glenda and her siblings have long been lacking in support for her father and the government he helps lead.
She says Sr. Murillo’s whole attitude has changed remarkably since his daughter left, and that she regularly criticizes the Communist party to him.
If one clicks into the comments on what Yoani has stated, she has started a wild-fire of animosity.  But it is interesting reading. 

Cuba Looking to Limit Free Health Care

The Associated Press and various agencies published an article a week or so ago about some apparent changes in the free health care in Cuba. 

Although it’s “free”, we have talked to a number of people who say that they have to bribe specialists to treat serious matters, that there are no clean, new instruments, bed coverings, etc., and that free isn’t necessarily good. The writer of the article says, “Scarcities now are common and sanitary conditions fall short of the ideal in decaying facilities where paint peels from the walls. Patients often bring their own bed sheets, electric fans, food and water for hospital stays.”

For years, Cuba has allowed its doctors to leave the country for Venezuela and other countries.
According to the article, “Cuba’s system of free medical care, long considered a birthright by its citizens and trumpeted as one of the communist government’s great successes, is not immune to cutbacks under Raul Castro’s drive for efficiency.”

Cuba’s financial crisis has resulted in a number of changes. One might think the changes are a positive move away from communism, but that doesn’t seem to be the intention.  The firing of numerous workers and expecting them to become entrepreneurs, the improvement of service at restaurants (to improve the attitude of tourists), and other moves all seem to be efforts to reduce the outflow.  The Cuban government has to be worried about the future of Venezuelan support.

The writer of the article said, “The health sector has already endured millions of dollars in budget cuts and tens of thousands of layoffs…”  “… the newspaper voice of the Communist Party, Granma, published daily details for two weeks on how much the government spends on everything from anesthetics and acupuncture to orthodontics and organ transplants.”

The government seems to want to “discourage frivolous use of medical services….”

The writer says that the propaganda currently being disseminated about how much health care costs is a precursor to some serious limitations on health care for Cubans.

I ran a google search using the words "Cuban Hospital", and was shocked by what I saw.

This is what you will see:  And clicking on the pictures provides much more information.