should i have to pay for illegal pregnant women coming from mexico?
on TV they said these women wait until right before giving birth to cross our border, so we have to pay for it and illegals are why most hospitals on the border are closing
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Facts from Texas
Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas is a fairly famous
institution and for a variety of reasons:
1. John F. Kennedy died there in 1963
2. Lee Harvey Oswald died there shortly after
3. Jack Ruby-who killed Lee Harvey Oswald, died there a few years later
On the flip side, Parkland is also home to the second busiest maternity
ward in the country with almost 16,000 new babies arriving each year.
(That's almost 44 per day---every day)
A recent patient survey indicated that 70 percent of the women who gave
birth at Parkland in the first three months of 2006 were illegal
immigrants! That's 11,200 anchor babies born every year just in
Dallas. According to the article, the hospital spent $70.7 million
delivering 15,938 babies in 2004 but managed to end up with almost $8
million dollars in surplus funding. Medicaid kicked in $34.5 million,
Dallas County taxpayers kicked in $31.3 million and the feds tossed in
another $9.5 million.
The average patient in Parkland's maternity wards is 25 years old,
married and giving birth to her second child. She is also an illegal
immigrant. By law, pregnant women cannot be denied medical care based
on their immigration status or ability to pay. OK, fine. That doesn't
mean they should receive better care than everyday, middle-class
American citizens. But at Parkland Hospital, they do.
Parkland Memorial Hospital has nine prenatal clinics. NINE. The Dallas
Morning News article followed a Hispanic woman who was a patient at one
of the clinics and pregnant with her third child---her previous two were
also born at Parkland. Her first two deliveries were free and the
Mexican native was grateful because it would have cost $200 to have them
in Mexico. This time, the hospital wants her to pay $10 per visit and
$100 for the delivery but she was unsure if she could come up with the
money. Not that it matters, the hospital won't turn her away. (I wonder
why they even bother asking at this point.)
How long has this been going on? What are the long-term effects? Well,
another subject of the article was born at Parkland in 1986 shortly
after her mother entered the U.S. illegally---now she is having her own
child there as well. (That's right, she's technically a U.S. citizen.)
These women receive free prenatal care including medication, nutrition,
birthing classes and child care classes. They also get freebies such as
car seats, bottles, diapers and formula. Most of these things are
available to American citizens as well but only for low-income
applicants and even then, the red tape involved is almost insurmountable.
Because these women are illegal immigrants they do not have to provide
any sort of legitimate identification---no proof of income. An American
citizen would have to provide a social security number which would
reveal their annual income---an illegal immigrant need only claim to be
poor and the hospital must take them at their word.
My husband is a pilot for the United States Navy (yes, he fought in
Iraq) and while the health care is good, we Navy wives don't get any of
these perks! Car seats? Diapers? Not so much. So my question is this:
Does our public medical care system treat illegal immigrants better than
American citizens? Yes it does! As I mentioned, the care I have
received is perfectly adequate but it's bare bones, meat and potato
medical care---not top of the line.
Their (the illegals) medical care is free---simply because they are
illegal immigrants? Once again, there is no way to verify their income.
Parkland Hospital offers indigent care to Dallas County residents who
earn less than $40,000 per year. (They also have to prove that they did
not refuse health coverage at their current job. Yeah, the 'free' care
is not so easy for Americans.)
There are about 140 patients who received roughly $4 million dollars for
un-reimbursed medical care. As it turns out, they did not qualify for
free treatment because they resided outside of Dallas County. So the
hospital is going to sue them! Illegals get it all free! But U.S.
citizens who live outside of Dallas County get sued! How stupid is this?
As if that isn't annoying enough, the illegal immigrant patients are
actually complaining about hospital staff not speaking Spanish. In this
AP story, the author speaks with a woman who is upset that she had to
translate comments from the hospital staff into Spanish for her husband.
The doctor was trying to explain the situation to the family and the
mother was forced to translate for her husband who only spoke Spanish.
This was apparently a great injustice to her.
In an attempt to create a Spanish-speaking staff, Parkland Hospital is
now providing incentives in the form of extra pay for applicants who
speak Spanish. Additionally, medical students at the University of Texas
Southwestern for which Parkland Hospital is the training facility will
now have a Spanish language requirement added to their already
jammed-packed curriculum. No other school in the country boasts such a
ridiculous multi-semester (multicultural) requirement.
In the meantime, I have to end my column here. I have to go buy a car
(Sorry for the length, but this needs wide
circulation----particularly to our "employees" in the Congress.)
Quote of the Day
"Once the coffers of the federal government are opened to the public*,
there will be no shutting them again." -Grover Cleveland Edit: Uh Hello! It's not MY crap, I gave the link to the information!
- Shrieking PandaLv 61 decade ago
Chris - you're not paying attention. They very well CAN and DO access MANY social systems including welfare, and food stamps, and housing, etc. THROUGH THEIR ANCHOR BABIES.
THIS is how they access all the government programs AND many other programs intended only for U.S. citizens and their children. Free breakfast and lunch at school, ESL programs, education, medical care, dental care, the list goes on forever.
No, you should NOT have to pay for illegal pregnant women or their kids. The 14th amendment was to provide for the children OF SLAVES and, in fact, specifically states that it is NOT intended for the children of people here illegally.
These women AND their children need to be sent home and the hospital bill sent to Mexico.
Yes, many hospitals do close due to illegals. Medical care is very expensive and Americans are left holding the bill for illegals after waiting in line behind them at the ER.
Actually, Daydreamer's stats are right on - if not a bit low. Here's a quote from the Dallas Morning News:
"Illegal immigrants got more than $22.4 million worth of nonemergency medical care at Parkland Memorial Hospital this year, officials said Tuesday.
The cost estimate was the first time Parkland has quantified how much Dallas County taxpayers are paying for such care for illegal immigrants.
"It's a significant amount of money," said John Gates, the hospital's chief financial officer. "
Read more at: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/lat...
- Anonymous1 decade ago
our government knows these people do this on purpose so the child is a u.s. citizen by birth. what they should do is if these women do happen to cross the border and have the child at the hospital, we should care for the child and make sure the mother is ok to travel, and then send the lot of them back where they came from. i think this whole born in the u.s. makes them a citizen law is crap. the government needs to put a stipulation on this law regarding illegal immigrants. if they come here illegally and have the kid, that should be illegal and not make the kid a citizen so the parents can stay and collect welfare and keep having kids. send them home as soon as the kid is born. they have been pulling this sneak over the border to have the kid crap for years. wake up washington, modify the law so they cannot do this. geez.
- 1 decade ago
No. Plus the rest of us are going to pay more taxes for the programs the person will need after the kid is born. Illegal is illegal. Should you pay for a criminal coming into the United States that is pregnant?
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- 4 years ago
If the woman had already boarded the plane then she obviously had the proper documentation to be in the Untied States legally or have you never been on an international flight? And how was is "obvious" to you what she was coming here for? Do you know her and her situation personally? More racist assumptions from someone without the slightest knowledge of reality.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
no, we shouldn't have to. it's disgusting that they would put their unborn child in such danger as crossing the border only because they think it'll get them a free ticket in the states. these children should not be given citizenship because their mothers are trespassing criminals and besides these crimes should be charged with reckless endangerment for what they are doing!!!
- 1 decade ago
Short answer? No. But as long as the touchy feely set remain in charge of legislation, the media & education, this will continue & get worse.
Ex. La Raza, ACLU, NAACP, Rainbow Coalition.
Each of these groups support the ideas of entitlement & special interest grouping. But as long as the majority remains silent, nothing will change.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Being a native Californian, I hate what these people do. I worked for a L&D floor in a hospital that was "not for profit" and there for took A LOT of illegal clientel. I would see premature babies being born whos care cost $1 million (seriously), and they didnt have to pay a cent. Sometimes these women would have more then one and I would see them come back again. I find it sick.
DOWN WITH ILLEGALS... SEND THEM ALL BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM
- 1 decade ago
Taco Grande said its not the Job of the US to save Mexicans........so why is it our job to help build Iraq..or why is it our job to help out all these other poor countries?
Around here most Mexicans I know pay their damn doctor bills, dont mooch off the government and whatever else you crack heads complain about.
Do your friggen research...they cant get foodstamps, welfare etc..because even their fake SSN doesnt WORK!!! So you all need to seriously get a new line of why you hate illegals ok? Get some hard facts to base your case.
No, to answer your question you shouldnt have to pay for her to have her baby here..you also shouldnt have to pay for an american mother who has 5 kids by 5 different fathers!!! Get my drift?
- 1 decade ago
You should not be heald financially responsible for a foreigners childbirth costs, yet you are. All pregnant criminal trespassers owe you a debt of gratitude at the very least.
Get involved in order to make a change, dont stop until the change is complete.