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  •  The statement that healthcare is (4+ / 0-)

    broken because of illegal immigrants is the one that really gets me.  Some of my own family members ardently believe this, when the fact is, if there was better access to primary care, expensive tertiary care (which is killing the system) wouldn't be needed.

    The fact is most immigrants are exceedingly healthy.  We call it the "healthy immigrant effect".  If you are sick, it is nearly impossible to get here illegally... though I know one mom that fought all the odds and walked her infant in kidney failure here.  Talk about dedication!

    We've got serious work to do. Health care and civil rights for all, please!

    by the dogs sockpuppet on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 03:24:53 PM PST

    •  Here in California (3+ / 0-)

      They passed an incredibly stupid proposition which would have required proof of citizenship or legal residency for any "non-emergency" medical care.  My co-workers and I called it the "We-Love-Hepatitis Law."  

      Even leaving aside the moral implications, the harm would quickly spread to citizens as well, since most undocumented immigrants support themselves by handling food in some capacity.  Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your - well, actually it's more like cutting off your head.

      Fortunately, the courts knocked it down.

      I'm not trashing your book. I'm trashing your philosophy of life. -Jon Stewart

      by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 04:09:51 PM PST

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      •  We also called it the (2+ / 0-)

        "I want my kid to get TB" law ;)

        My relatives were fully in support of it.  The only way I could get my sis to understand the implications was to explain how a kid with TB could easily give it to her kids.

        Any example I gave her with actual patients (like the above mom who walked to get her child kidney care), she sided with the patient getting care... It was the depersonalization that allowed her to discriminate so easily.

        Sheesh, primary care for immigrants (or anyone for that matter) is way cheaper than emergency care... and better for all people living in California/the US.

        We've got serious work to do. Health care and civil rights for all, please!

        by the dogs sockpuppet on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 04:17:00 PM PST

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      •  No wonder Calif is 15 billion dollars in debt. (2+ / 0-)
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        Sorry, Ive lived all over the world, every country has an unfair immigration policy, Mexico included. Its the law, if you don't like it change it, till you do there is no such thing as an undocumented person living in the US, there here breaking the law, period.
        George Bush too decided laws he would follow and ones he wouldn't.  As I recall, not many here think the bush should be anything other than frog marched to Hague.

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