Skip to comments.(December 2007) Marshallese in Arkansas unhealthy, ineligible for health care programs
Posted on 02/07/2008 8:36:10 PM PST by navysealdad
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LOL. I can relate.
"The compact also allows citizens of the Marshall Islands to live and work in the United States without being subject to U.S. immigration laws, but they are ineligible for Medicare, non-emergency Medicaid, Social Security, food stamps, the State Childrens Health Insurance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and most other forms of federally-funded public assistance.
They may arrive here healthy, but they're poor and unskilled and then not entitled to government handouts when they're here, so if they get sick, they're screwed.
I'm against government handouts of any kind as a general rule, but this "special relationship" business presents a special dilemma.
It's like our relationship with the Anerican Indians... we "owe them one" big time, so it sucks for us, but we kinda have to take it on the chin and pony up some cash for these sad bastards.
We blew up their country. The least we can do is let a few of them in. But one question I have though is why the heck weren’t these people tested before they came in?
My understanding is that most people with a European background have inherited resistance to leprosy. I believe that today fairly simple and reliable treatment is available.
Not really. We just changed the name to Hanson’s disease to avoid the stigma. There are usually effective treatments, so the disease is halted with just a few patches of discolored skin. The problem is that illegals (and others in this case) comingle with those that are least likely to recognize they are infected and/or least likely to go to a doctor about the initially minor symptoms. That is why ALL immigrants should be required to pass a health check, and another reason why McLame’s Open Borders policy is fatally flawed.
That’ll do it.
“Better get the compassion pill out we are all going to need it.....”
In other words..”open your wallet”...we’re from the government ...and you WILL pay us to take care of this mess...
“Why are they here? Were they relocated due to nuclear testing, or what?”
They’re here because the doors to the candy store are wide open.
How did 6000 to 8000 MARSHALL ISLAND people get to SPRINGDALE ARKANSAS?????? WTF???? How big can Springdale be to have this many foreigners from ONE PLACE?? WHO OK’d THIS?? LEPROSY??? OMG!
A couple of minutes of easy research would have revealed to our friend the manner in which those folks ended up here.
The endemic ill-health of Marshall Islanders is certainly a problem -- but I find that a little context and information (oh, those words, so hated among the mouth-foamers at FR) helps to understand the issue a bit better.
As for "our population ... being radically altered without our consent," that is not true in this case. We have a treaty with the Marhsall Islands, ratified by the Senate, which governs the manner by which Marshall Islanders can be here. Again, a little thought and research does wonders to aid in understanding.
Yes, that is my point exactly. Why can’t we at least examine and treat them, if necessary, before we let them in? My next question is, what gave us the right to blow up their country in the first place? In other words, the US often creates its own problems by doing whatever the heck it wants around the world.
"Give us your tired, your poor, your rotting lepers yearning for free health care"
The Marshall Islands was a trust territory of the USA from WW2 through 1979. And we used their country to explode 66 nuclear bomb tests between 1946 and 1958.
In all fairness and charity, I'd say that these people do have a bit of a moral claim on us, unlike the Mexicans and South Americans.
“Nine cases of leprosy in Springdale, Arkansas.”
was not the title at the source. Also, you didn’t include the date of article.
We’re trying to reduce the number of threads we have to pull. Please do not alter the title of any published article. Always include the actual date, the source and writer’s name.
Note: I just received thid from the Springdale Chamber of Commerce..
Dear Chamber Members
You may be aware of a media report that is suggesting there has been an outbreak of leprosy in Springdale. This is not true.
The Chamber has been in touch this morning with Governor Mike Beebe, Congressman John Boozman, the Center for Disease Control and the Washington County Health Department. Each of these entities are fully engaged and are reporting to us that there is no “outbreak” of leprosy in Springdale or Northwest Arkansas.
In fact, the Washington County Health Department explains nothing has changed in the number of known cases of communicable diseases in Northwest Arkansas in the past year.
Please help us in our effort to diffuse this non-factual story with the accurate details of the Chamber’s research from this morning.
That's good! LOL!
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