When uninsured immigrants are hurt, who pays?-
Alan Bavley. The Kansas City Star,
March 24, 2005, is as rich a serving of facts on Americaâ€™s illegal immigration/health care disaster as I have seen in a long time:
- A specific financial atrocity â€“ in this case, a badly injured uninsured illegal of 2 years standing who has already cost North Kansas City Hospital $250,000
- Further damning details: "In Dodge City, 30 percent to 40 percent of patients arriving at the emergency room of the Western Plains Medical Complex are undocumented immigrants, said Brian Roland, the hospital`s business office director. â€?Most of them are uninsured,â€™ he said. â€?We do have some folks who do what they can to pay, but a large majority does not.â€™"
- An irresponsible legal system preventing the hospitalâ€™s frantic attempt to ship their deadbeat patient back to Guatemala (featuring his pro-bono lawyer Chuck Chionuma [e-mail him], an immigrant from Nigeria.)
- A pro-immigrant bureaucrat demonstrating one again the need to fix the 14th Amendment problem: " â€?Several of the patients are young adults with families â€” young children they`re responsible for who are U.S. citizens. How do you say no to them?â€™ "- Suzanne Meyer, director of social work, Truman Medical Center.
Not for the first time, political correctness does not yet seem to have paralyzed Americaâ€™s local media.