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Illegal Immigration, Misplaced Compassion, and Healthcare Reform
RedState ^ | 4/9/2014 | Daniel Horowitz

Posted on 04/09/2014 3:21:48 AM PDT by iowamark

When listening to open borders agitators like former Florida governor Jeb Bush, one would come away with the impression that we owe it to the world to accept anyone who comes here illegally and pay for their living expenses.  They speak of lofty ideals loosely connected to love and compassion, but they never consider the lack of love and compassion that our open borders policy imposes on the American consumer and taxpayer.  There is no better example than the bankrupting of our hospitals at the hands of Jeb’s “lovely” invaders.

My wife and I were entreated to the chaos of emergency room care last night after our two-year-old son slipped while climbing onto a high kitchen counter and banged his head on the floor.  He had a massive lump on his forehead and we were concerned about internal bleeding.  When we drove to the closest hospital, the waiting room was full of illegals.  Most of them were adults who, let’s just say, did not look like they were about to keel over.  Opting not to wait all night simply for a decision whether to put our son through a CT scan, we drove for a half hour in the rain to a hospital that was less likely to be full of those who use ERs for regular care.

Thank God our son recovered and there was no internal bleeding, but in a different situation that extra time could have been critical.  Also, if you ever wonder why you get hosed with outrageous bills simply for stepping foot in a hospital, look no farther than the “undocumented” costs of illegal aliens.

This is what the defenders of illegal immigration never comprehend or care to ponder.  We can open our borders to any number of impoverished individuals from the world’s population of 7 billion.  But that comes at a cost to American citizens and legal residents who are within the jurisdiction and responsibility of the country.

The problems with illegal immigrants and emergency hospital care also provide us with an opportunity to examine true free market healthcare reform.  Any GOP healthcare proposal must be predicated not on “replacing” Obamacare, but on fixing even some of the anti-market federal policies that existed before passage of the monstrosity.

One of those policies is the mandate on hospitals to treat everyone who comes to an ER – including illegal immigrants – irrespective of whether they are suffering from a real emergency.  In 1986, Congress passed The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) as part of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Recon­ciliation Act (COBRA), which was ostensibly the first act in universal healthcare mandates.

If we ever plan to curb skyrocketing hospital costs and improve access to emergency care, we must address this massive unfunded federal mandate of EMTALA.  Among the provisions of Rep. Paul Broun’s Patient Option Act, which is one of the best healthcare reform proposals, are some good reforms of emergency and indigent care.  Under Broun’s proposal, hospitals would be allowed to turn away people from ERs if they do not have an immediate need for emergency care.  This would solve the problem of illegal immigrants using ERs for primary care.

Juxtaposed to this provision is a tax credit for physicians who provide indigent care as a form of charity.  While conservatives usually advocate deductions over credits for the cost of healthcare, that is for individuals who purchase health insurance.  But for healthcare providers, especially for most doctors who already pay a tremendous amount in taxes, they should be incentivized to treat those without the means to pay for the care with a credit.

Taken as a whole, these two provisions would transfer the cost of indigent care from a federally-mandated tax on physicians and consumers to a voluntary tax incentive for physicians and those who donate to free-service clinics.

If the politicians are concerned about being compassionate to Americans and clamping down on illegal immigration, they should start with free market healthcare reform.

TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; illegals; immigration

1 posted on 04/09/2014 3:21:48 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Let’s love Mexico to death. Let’s invade it and fix their economic, political and criminal woes so that these poor people, these poor loving people no longer have to suffer.

2 posted on 04/09/2014 3:32:20 AM PDT by Usagi_yo (Islamunism = Facism + Islam : Islamunist = someone that adheres to Islamunism.)
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To: iowamark

accidentally chose firefox to open this morning. clicked on this article and got this message from mozilla:

‘Careful Now! This website could not be displayed by Firefox because it is not consistent with Mozilla’s corporate values. May we suggest visiting another site instead?’

Just as a test, I went to Planned Parenthood website - no warnings here. so, pointing out facts about illegal immigration bad, dismembering babies good.

Yeah, mozilla has really jumped the shark on this one.....

3 posted on 04/09/2014 3:44:14 AM PDT by oldmomster
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To: oldmomster

Freedom of thought; freedom of speech? How utterly frightening!

4 posted on 04/09/2014 3:54:01 AM PDT by ransacked
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To: iowamark
"If the politicians are concerned about being compassionate to Americans and clamping down on illegal immigration, they should start with free market healthcare reform."

They aren't. This is all about power and control and perpetuating themselves as rulers over a subservient class of proles.

5 posted on 04/09/2014 3:57:12 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: iowamark

Politicians are elitists. Bush’s kids never have to truly compete for a job. When their kids lose out to Affirmative Action and low paying H-1B foreign workers or ones that over stay their visas, then they will have a different attitude. Old saying, when it is not your kid being shot at on the battlefield, war is a glorious and everyone should support it.

6 posted on 04/09/2014 4:00:07 AM PDT by Fee ( Big Gov and Big Business are Enemies of America)
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To: oldmomster
What you are seeing is's opinion of Mozilla's corporate values; it's not something built into the browser that causes that message, but code at This is why you got no such message at planned parenthood, or at FR for that matter.

Fight the Free Sh☭t Nation

7 posted on 04/09/2014 4:38:15 AM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (<= Mash name for HTML Xampp PHP C JavaScript primer. Programming for everyone.)
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To: Tennessee Nana; sickoflibs; no-to-illegals; AuntB; Grampa Dave; TADSLOS; ken5050; Libloather
Craven politicians think in terms of votes----they'll suckup to anything as long as it votes. As 2014 looms, Dummycrats sucking-up to latinos is creating a run on Chap-Stick. Obama has done everything for votes except fellate a latino on the Capitol steps.

Vote-crazed pols want the rest of us to see the invaders as benign, happy-go-lucky people who strolled across the border accidentally....but who work cheap.

Thus, we get Jeb Bush's assinine remark about the invasion being an "act of love" ... here for a better life, just to feed their families.

Americans know the invading hordes are riding the US gravy train under multiple identities, voraciously eating up our tax dollars. Vote-crazed pols keep spending tax dollars to cater to the invading hordes ..... forcing Americans to subsidize society's underbelly.


As one example: California spends vast sums each year trying to get Hispanics into college--and keep them there.. A 2009 initiative to prepare more Hispanics for four-year programs spent $100 million on community college Hispanic student...who then dropped out.

Not ever mentioned is that the pols keep dumbing down the curricula and college entrance requirements. The recent change in SAT's? A TV segment showed a broken-English latino complaining her son should not have to answer SAT questions about American history.

8 posted on 04/09/2014 4:57:55 AM PDT by Liz
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To: iowamark; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ...

Click the keyword Aliens to see more illegal alien, border security, and other related threads.

9 posted on 04/09/2014 8:56:35 AM PDT by HiJinx (Borders, Language, Culture)
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To: Usagi_yo
Actually, I think it would be a good idea to create a separate state in northern Mexico, maybe in response to the local populace demands to give them protection from the drug cartels and such.

Of the scores of Mexicans I've known over the years, I've noticed the most ambitious and entrepreneurial of the bunch, hail, almost without exception from the northern part, particularly around Monterrey. They feel exploited by the thugocracts and kleptocrats in Mexico City and the more populated regions of the country, much like the Southern, Great Plains and Rocky Mountain States feel exploited by the left coast and northeast in the U.S.A.

An independent Northern Mexico would be much like Chile in a generation or two and very near to where we are in two or three generations. As a side benefit, they would create so many jobs, that many of our own illegals would flock south to take them.

10 posted on 04/09/2014 9:17:11 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: HiJinx

Thanks for the ping.

11 posted on 04/09/2014 11:09:15 AM PDT by GOPJ (When fascism comes it will come..with promises of a better world.The jackboots come later..-Shapiro)
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