But he isn't asking for anyone's billions of dollars. He is insured. His wife is providing the kidney.
And if the hospital hadn't publicized his immigration status there probably wouldn't even be a problem. I'm not aware that hospitals check your visa normally before performing surgery. So, why now?
Yes, there’s something strange about this story. Many people come from other countries to the US for surgery. As long as they can pay for it, what’s the problem?
The problem is paying for aftercare. My guess is he's paying for COBRA since he lost his job, and likely won't be able to keep paying for it. Another issue is end stage renal disease gets a special exception and is covered by Medicare regardless of age, but I guess one needs to be a citizen.
And like to see one of the rich political families that encourage illegal aliens to step up and guarantee the medical bill. Farmers, carpet mills, and chicken processing plants could also chip in.
One reason America can still barely afford to help people in need is that the majority of real Americans won't tolerate third world crap. It's too bad most politicians don't see it that way, too.