Tax Payers To Pay For Illegals Medical Care

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    Shouldn't they change the title to:

    U.S. Tax Payers to pay medical bills for illegal immigrants

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    U.S. to pay medical bills for illegal immigrants

    Tuesday, May 10, 2005 Posted: 9:59 AM EDT (1359 GMT)

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Health care providers can charge the government for emergency care provided to illegal aliens beginning Tuesday.

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued final guidance Monday that sets up a system for reimbursement. Lawmakers set aside $1 billion over four years for the program, created by Medicare legislation passed in 2003.

    For hospitals in border states, the additional money can mean the difference between running a profitable business or an unprofitable one, said Don May, vice president of policy for the American Hospital Association.

    "I don't know if it will completely change their financial picture, but for those hospitals on the border, this is going to make a difference in ensuring they are there to treat the patients, not just the undocumented ones, but all the patients living in those communities," May said.

    Two-thirds of the money will be distributed to health care providers based on a state's percentage of undocumented aliens. The remaining third will go to providers in the six states with the largest number of arrests of undocumented aliens.

    The states receiving the highest amounts in the current fiscal year are California, $70.8 million; Texas, $46 million; Arizona, $45 million; and New York, $12.25 million.

    Payments to providers will be made on a quarterly basis and will be adjusted proportionately if the bills exceed the state's allocation.

    One group that advocates stricter immigration policies said the government's reimbursement of hospitals was the right thing to do.

    "It seems to me that if the federal government has abdicated its responsibility for immigration enforcement, then it's responsible for making those jurisdictions whole," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank based in Washington.
     
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    Wow this is a great idea. :cuckoo:
     
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    I know an even better way to handle all the illegals who need medical care. and it would cost the U.S. Taxpayers less money.

    1. One-Way Bus Ticket
    2. "Border-Pass" good for entry TO Mexico.
     
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    Wonderful.

    We wonder why medical costs are so high... here's a clue. Our taxes and insurance go to ILLEGALS. Not just poor American citizens, which liberals and conservatives can have a healthy debate about, but PEOPLE WHO AREN'T EVEN SUPPOSED TO BE HERE TO BEGIN WITH!

    And they wonder how a good Catholic boy like me could end up a fan of David Duke.
     
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    If we shoot them as they're climbing the wall, and they fall back into Mexico, then we wouldn't be paying for any of it, would we?
     
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    Seriously shocked at that statement Jeff.
     
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    What if they fall the other way? Then we are stuck.
     
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    I think/hope he was kidding, since I responded and quoted him.

    If he was, in fact, serious, ignore my response.
     
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    Easy OCA... it was a facetious comment.

    But we do need to do something to keep the illegals out.
     
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    Ok I wasn't upset, just taken aback has you are usually pretty level headed.
     

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