QUOTE(aevans176 @ May 11 2005, 08:31 AM)
The only problem with this argument is that as of right now, we're only providing emergency healthcare to said Aliens. It's not like they can get teeth cleaning or reading glasses on the US Tax payer's dollar.
That being said, what people are suggesting here is to let the Aliens die.
I understand this sentiment, aevans, but I think what's being suggested is to send them back home. I would add that everyone already has access to emergency healthcare....people aren't refused service at the emergency room. The problem, I suspect, is that this clogs the emergency room with non-emergency service, which is where the added costs come in. So, one aspect of this bill (which is also an factor in providing health care to everyone) is that there are savings to be obtained in providing non-emergency room access to those who have no current alternatives.
Being a staunch republican, I have a hard time even swallowing that. The whole reason they came here was to have a better life.
Yes....but should I have to pay for it?
I believe that being American means that even the poor people in our nation have automobiles and microwaves... if not cable TV and Nikes on their feet.
I'm not saying that we ought to open the doors to the hospitals,etc. I just can't see not providing life saving medical care to people in need, regardless of citizenship.
Two points. First, they already have access to life saving medical care....just not necessarily in a cost effective manner. However, the bigger issue is that if you start providing illegals with free medical care....care they wouldn't receive in their own country, this will just encourage more illegals to come. Further, those most likely to come would then be the very ones with the medical conditions we are supposedly trying to eliminate. So, in essence, we'd just be wasting our money, and making the problem worse.
So, this issue really has nothing to do with communicable diseases, or access to emergency health-care. What it does have to do with is politicians pandering to the minority vote, where such issues hold a lot of sway. How well do you think the 'let's get rid of all the illegals' platform would do in California, or Texas? Once again, its politicians using our money to buy them votes. Buying votes is bad enough....but its especially irritating when its my money they're using to do it.