Thursday, March 24, 2005

Public Health Care Bankrupted by Illegals

This recent article is about the collapse of pulic health care in CA, specifically LA. I live in Texas, and it's much the same way. In fact, hospitals in the border towns have shut down due to being overwhelmed with providing free care to illegals that would specifically cross the border for free medical services.

I think the last paragraph quoting an illegal immigrant whining about us not providing them with low-cost health care is what angers me the most.

L.A. Emergency Rooms Full of Illegal Immigrants
Thursday, March 17, 2005


Overburdened by the uninsured and overwhelmed by illegal immigration (search), public health care in Los Angeles is on life support.

Sixty percent of the county's uninsured patients are not U.S. citizens. More than half are here illegally. About 2 million undocumented aliens in Los Angeles County alone are crowding emergency rooms because they can't afford to see a doctor.

According to the State Association of Hospitals (search), California's public health system is "on the brink of collapse." In Los Angeles County, patients can wait four days for a hospital bed and up to two years for gallbladder surgery.

"The hospitals are closing because of the totality of the uninsured," said Dr. Thomas Garthwaite, director of the Los Angeles County Health Department (search). "If you're legally a resident in California and you're poor, you have a right to basic services."

But some critics say the taxpayers can't be the HMO (search) to the world. Last year, Los Angeles County spent $340 million to treat the uninsured; that's roughly $1,000 for every taxpayer.

Mike Antonovich, the Los Angeles County supervisor, said the system has been "basically bankrupted."

The Department of Health has a $1.2 billion deficit. Caring for illegals is siphoning money from other services and forcing clinics, trauma centers and emergency rooms to close, he said.

"We cannot afford to have a open-door policy to encourage illegals to continue to come here and receive all the medical care, because it's too expensive," he said.

Immigrants like Yolanda Hernandez, however, argue that if there were cheap insurance plans available to her community, people would buy them.***

"[Americans] have enough money to pay for insurance," she said. "They make good money and are educated. Unfortunately, we are not."


*** huh-uh, no way. That is totally NOT true. Why pay for insurance, even if it's only $50 a month, when everything is already FREE?! And since when are we required to subsidize illegals' insurance, anyways?! No one does that for me, and I'm a law-abiding American citizen! Let's keep in mind that the first thing these illegals do upon entering America is BREAK OUR LAWS! That makes them criminals.