Illegals' medical bills top $35.7M

Illegals' medical bills top $35.7M

There are 92 comments on the www.bostonherald.com story from Oct 27, 2010, titled Illegals' medical bills top $35.7M. In it, www.bostonherald.com reports that:

Beleaguered Bay State and U.S. taxpayers coughed up a staggering $35.7 million this year in free emergency health care for more than 52,000 illegal aliens in Massachusetts, sparking outrage from candidates and critics who back a tougher line on immigration.

The figures — released by Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration under an order for the Secretary of State’s office and after more than a month of ducking questions — show illegal immigrants who belong to MassHealth Limited received $33.8 million in taxpayer-funded in-patient hospital care this year.

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Deece

Milton, MA

#23 Oct 27, 2010
Dssk wrote:
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so these people should be left in the streets to die???? There are plenty of Americans who cannot afford it either!!! Me included!!!
They should be treated for life threatening emergencies only - and then turned over to ICE.

Hospitals can't deny emergency care to illegal aliens but their only obligation is to stabilize the patient. The problem is illegals use ER's as free clinics for their runny noses & hospitals fear lawsuits so they treat any & all illnesses. That was never the intention when congress passed EMTALA (section 1011).

"Any patient who "comes to the emergency department" requesting "examination or treatment for a medical condition" must be provided with "an appropriate medical screening examination" to determine if he is suffering from an "emergency medical condition". If he is, then the hospital is obligated to either provide him with treatment until he is stable or to transfer him to another hospital in conformance with the statute's directives.

If the patient does not have an "emergency medical condition", the statute imposes no further obligation on the hospital."
Rambeaux

Jim Thorpe, PA

#24 Oct 27, 2010
Wondering wrote:
This state is a welfare magnet. We can't afford it anymore. Changes are needed so these illegals and people allergic to work will go elsewhere.
Wow! There are even a few sensible individuals in The People's Republic Of Massachusetts.
Deece

Milton, MA

#25 Oct 27, 2010
Rambeaux wrote:
<quoted text>Wow! There are even a few sensible individuals in The People's Republic Of Massachusetts.
The illegal immigration issue is on a major upswing here. Our Governor claims the system already has measures in place to block illegals from acessing taxpayer funded aid. He was revealed for the lying hack he really is when Obama's Aunt Zetiuni went on a local station and gloated about her huge sense of entitlement and how not only has she been living in subsidized housing for more than 10 years, she's also been receiving a $700 monthly disability check since 2004.

We're doomed if Deval Patrick is re-elected. If he has his way, illegals will be validated with drivers licenses and we'll be subsidizing their college tuition and dental services (among many other entitlement programs).
END Jobs to Illegals

San Luis Obispo, CA

#26 Oct 27, 2010
This article really needs to be in the POLITICS forum, because that is where the majority of people on topix hang out.

http://www.topix.com/us/politics

Good job AOC!
alka spritzer

Whitehall, MI

#27 Oct 27, 2010
Vote for Obama! He'll take care of this by making them all "legals". That way we won't be paying for illegals, but rather for fellow citizens. See how simple this is?

First, we make legal the 12 million or so illegals who are here. Each one of them, of course, phones a friend in Mexico. Naturally, we have to make them legal too. So make that 24 million new citizens.

There's only 100 million Mexicans, so we'll have made almost 1/4th of them citizens. Why stop there? Why waste all the money, time and effort guarding the border. Just open it up to the rest of Mexico. That way each of us 300+ million Americans will have a new citizen to share with two others. Our Mexican cousins will, of course, need all sorts of social "benefits", like food stamps, welfare checks and medical care.

But wait! Why be so selfish? There's about another 250 million suffering poor in the rest of Latin America. Can we, in good faith, leave them out of this noble effort? Why, NO, we cannot. Each American should be responsible for the health, care and feeding of at least one poor person.

Then there's all the poor in Africa, Asia and the rest of the world....

Since: Feb 09

Shepherdsville, KY

#28 Oct 28, 2010
Good grief- yet ANOTHER thread on illegal parasites. Aren't we getting tired of just talking about it? IP, CRICKET- could you simply dig up those contact links for Congress so we could simply start bombarding them again? I'm not above using snailmail, either. I think the smell of ink is quite nastalgic, like doing a crossword puzzle in the Sunday paper, over coffee, noone in the house up....ahhhh...sorry, I digressed. Must be part of the problem...

Since: Feb 08

Mesa, AZ

#29 Oct 28, 2010
I love that the illegals can march here and demand rights but they are to f*****g lazy to march in their own country. Nothing but cowards.
scout

United States

#30 Oct 28, 2010
Appropriate all illegal alien property. Taxpayers have had enough.

“It's good to be me!”

Since: Jun 08

4 me 2 know and U 2 find out

#31 Oct 28, 2010
lise2468 wrote:
I love that the illegals can march here and demand rights but they are to f*****g lazy to march in their own country. Nothing but cowards.
if you think about it tho....they're pretty smart because they're winning. if we marched over to mexico with these demands or any other, we'd disappear... as long as we keep people like obummer running our country we're screwed.

Since: Nov 09

Location hidden

#32 Oct 28, 2010
looks like Patrick will receive 52K additional votes.
Saul Alinsky

Pittsburgh, PA

#35 Oct 28, 2010
Dear People of Massachusetts:

Please keep your current liberal governor and your current liberal laws in place. In fact, please make even more laws that provide "rights" for those in the U.S. illegally. I also recommend you take-out full-page ads in newspapers across the country (particulary in Pennsylvania!) that tout all the wonderful free services you bestow on those who come to the country illegally. You are all wonderful people!

Thank you from the rest of the country. We won't forget your sacrifice!
yessir

Frankfort, KY

#36 Oct 28, 2010
Now, just think of what this costs nationwide. The cost's are probably in the Billion's. This is the number one reason Health care costs are continuing to go up in dramatic fashion. Don't vote for the REPUBLICAN that supports the cheap Labor of Illegals and don't vote for the DEMOCRAT that want's to continue to bring in Illegals so they can continue to grow the population of people dependent on their social programs. Vote for the person that actually does have our citizens best interests at heart. That is if their are any of those candidates in your local election race.
deport

Yorba Linda, CA

#37 Oct 28, 2010
"Deece" Ted Kennedy started this disaster many years ago. He promised that everything we see happening was not going to happen. The people of Massachussetts have continually voted Ted Kennedy into Office. He killed someone and got away with it and was re-elected. No sympathy for Masachusetts. You are getting what you deserve. My idea is to make all illegals go to Massachusetts, you liberals seem to love choas. It's gonna get worse and the Kennedy's and liberals started this. Too bad.
Deece

Milton, MA

#38 Oct 28, 2010
deport wrote:
"Deece" Ted Kennedy started this disaster many years ago. He promised that everything we see happening was not going to happen. The people of Massachussetts have continually voted Ted Kennedy into Office. He killed someone and got away with it and was re-elected. No sympathy for Masachusetts. You are getting what you deserve. My idea is to make all illegals go to Massachusetts, you liberals seem to love choas. It's gonna get worse and the Kennedy's and liberals started this. Too bad.
We're not all liberals and finally more and more dems are seeing the light and realizing the hacks on Beacon Hill need to be voted out.

I don't dispute anything you've said about Kennedy or the idiots who've continued to vote in the Democrats but believe me, they don't speak for all of us.

I'm so sick of our Governor pandering to illegals that I co-sponsored a petition to oppose his "New American's Agenda" which among other things, seeks to reward illegals with drivers licenses, in state tuition and subsidized dental care. To date we have collected almost 2600 signatures.
hear ya

Olathe, KS

#39 Oct 28, 2010
Go home we cant afford to take of our own dont need you here running up health cost for the rest of us who are struggling to make ends meet ourselves yet we dont qualify for these programs ourselves . hop the fence and return home
deport

Yorba Linda, CA

#40 Oct 28, 2010
Deece.It's too late to stop it now. The damage done can not be reversed. Liberals want this type of country. The Latinos here in California are proud to tell you they are trying to birth La Raza into a majority. Racism this blatant has never been seen before.
Rico

Guatemala

#41 Oct 28, 2010
galario wrote:
lets just keep paying for the illegals...because we are idiots...who do nothing about it...because if we all took a stand...something would be done....
but lets all just sit back....it will soon be too late.....wake up and vote! All the incumbunts must go....they have done nothing to help US.....now lets show them our appreciation and vote them out....these freebees must stop now
It's all about 'Commerce', living and dying, buying and selling, that's what makes the world go-round..

If not for the services-rendered, many hospitals, clinics and social services would have to lay-off workers and cut services, this continual-flow of patients etc. are pumping the economy, even when they have to take money out of your pocket to do it...

The president and wall street want you to freely-spend, but you resist, so other means of seperating you from your wealth has to be implimented...

Simple 'Economics' nothin more, nothing less...
Seriously

AOL

#42 Oct 28, 2010
deport wrote:
Deece.It's too late to stop it now. The damage done can not be reversed. Liberals want this type of country. The Latinos here in California are proud to tell you they are trying to birth La Raza into a majority. Racism this blatant has never been seen before.
The liberal idiots in California will vote Brown back in and the idiot liberals in Mass. will vote Patrick back in. Sadly, there are only 1/3 of us that voted against the likes of Kennedy/Patrick/Obama in this state.
PSL

Delray Beach, FL

#43 Oct 28, 2010
deport wrote:
Deece.It's too late to stop it now. The damage done can not be reversed. Liberals want this type of country. The Latinos here in California are proud to tell you they are trying to birth La Raza into a majority. Racism this blatant has never been seen before.
Oh come on!!! Only white people are racist. Don't you know?

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#44 Oct 28, 2010

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