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The crossroads of illegal immigration and health care reform

An important article on a timely subject.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125027261061432585.html

No health care reform will be complete without directly addressing illegal immigration first or at the same time.

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The crossroads of illegal immigration and health care reform

two important things things from the article:

1) the unfunded mandate by the feds requiring hospital ERs to see everyone regardless of ability to pay. of course people abuse this as they cannot be told no or charged something that would clear out the unnecessary stuff that could be seen at a doctor's office. another wonderful example of how government mixing it up with medicine does not work. i see this in south texas every day and it is coming close to breaking the economic backs of the hospitals. then where will the rest of us be?

2) i doubt that any large percentage of illegals are insured. in texas, you have to have a soc sec number to get medicaid, and most of the rest of the programs to help illegals usually run out of money within 3-4 months of being funded. i have no problem with helping them, but i do think they need to be a little more responsible for the costs of their care. if that means a larger copay, then so be it. they can always go back to mexico where they can go to the social hospitals run by the government and get free care ( and it worth what is paid for it!!!)

it is estimated that $20-25 billion dollars is sent back to mexico every year in the form of remittances to family there. this money has fueled a housing boom in some areas. i think they can come up with some for their health care here.

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The crossroads of illegal immigration and health care reform

It doesn't appear that our current admin is willing to address the illegal immigrant situation at this point. I agree with Bitmasher, it needs to be addressed before or at the same time as health care reform.

According to the the above article "A provision in the House's health-care-overhaul bill rules out federal funding for illegal immigrants." Yet the same article states that by law people cannot be turned away from emergency rooms if they cannot pay. It's a catch 22!

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The crossroads of illegal immigration and health care reform

Agreed Cowgal it is a catch 22 and a problem that will be paid for by us if not clarified.

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