Posted on April 27, 2013 by keywestlou
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There is a new term out there. Few have heard it. Many will as time goes on.
It is medical repatriation.
Formal sounding. Serious in its implications.
I spoke of medical repatriation on the Key West Lou Legal Hour yesterday. The term involves illegal persons and hospital bills.
The law in the United States is that a hospital is required to care for an injured or sick person till that person is “stabilized.” Not cured. Regardless of ability to pay. Until recently, hospitals have been caring for illegal persons till cured. The result was increased billing to those who had the ability to pay. An unfair but Christian like approach.
Medicaid does not pay the medical bills of those illegally in the United States.
Hospitals have begun to change the format for handling illegals. Now they hire a plane and ship these still sick persons back to their country of origin. The expense of the plane is on the hospital. It is cheaper for a hospital to go this route rather than absorb the balance of a cure bill and rehabilitation.
A recent case involves two Mexican illegals who were working. Their employer provided each with a $100,000 medical policy. The two men had an automobile accident resulting in serious brain injuries. The $100,000 per person was eaten up in less than one week. The hospital flew them back to Mexico on the eleventh day. While both were comatose, a state they had been in since the happening of the accident.
Bad business! Such conduct sets a precedent for a hospital to throw the sick out when the money runs out. I am talking about U.S. citizens who are sick and have no insurance or have insurance that has run out.
I fear that what happens to others today, will happen to us tomorrow.
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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) highlights just how barbaric life becomes when we allow the Gooferment, politicians, and bureaucrats to do “charity”.
First, a system is setup to control “immigration”. (Like the character Red says in The Shawshank Redemption (1994): “I know what *you* think it means, sonny. To me it’s just a made up word. A politician’s word, so young fellas like yourself can wear a suit and a tie, and have a job. What do you really want to know?”
Immigration isn’t controlled.
(And this little L libertarian thinks that we should welcome any individual who wants to participate in the American dream. I’d hand out green cards at the border like penny candy. The flip side is that there would be no “welfare” for anybody: immigrant, citizen, or corporation! Then we would have plenty of funds for moral, effective, and efficient private charity.)
So, “we” have created an “attractive nuisance” and then “abuse human beings” when they can no longer serve the State!
What’s positive about this?
If you haven’t been so desensitized by the Gosnell Abortion Trial, then surely this should induce you to listen to Key West Lou’s show and then put pen to paper or finger to keyboard to express your dismay, confer, or dare I say outrage at how we treat the poor.
Now I understand that Gooferment ”health”, “health care”, “health care insurance”, or something else is totally immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. BUT, it should NOT be cruel!
Look how easy it would to improve.
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