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  •  my girlfriend is fairly... (3+ / 0-)
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    ... neutral on health care reform. I say "neutral" because she doesn't like many of the proposals being floated around for one reason or another, although she does agree that our current system is pretty barbaric and wrong.

    That said, even she said that it would make more sense for illegals to be covered. It would be cheaper than what we got now, because they would still be going to the ER and we would still be paying for that. So instead of the government or whoever paying $70 for a doctor's visit they will pay $700+ for an ER visit.

    It will get paid by hook or by crook.

    The fact that they aren't going to be covered by this bill (and I do not fault Obama for not putting it in, its just realpolitik) is just proof of how far to the right this country has swung the past few decades.

    •  Public health (0+ / 0-)

      For treatment of contagious diseases, we should all want illegals to be covered.

      Do we want the kitchen worker at our favorite sandwich shop to have untreated TB because he can't afford to visit a doctor for his chest pains? Do we want illegals to get their flu shots? Do we want our kids going to school with kids whose families don't get medical care until they are deep into or even past the most contagious stage of their infections? Do we want our teenagers having sex with illegal immigrant teenagers who may have untreated STDs?

      The reichtwingers are so full of hate that they can't even se what is best for us all.

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