Monday, July 10, 2006

Don't Mess With Texas...

Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas has their own answer to the crippling costs of illegal Mexicans in their emergency room...

They are sending the bill to Mexico.

Last year, Dallas County spent $76.5 million dollars treating people from outside the county. The plan includes billing adjoining counties for the care of indigents (i.e. Homeless) , as it is unfair for the counties' taxpayers to foot the bill for people who live outside of Dallas, yet travel there to receive medical care that they later refuse to pay for.

"If you're not Dallas County residents, we think where you are from should pay for your indigent health care," Judge Keliher said.

And of course, those from outside the COUNTRY will be treated... But if they do not pay, the bill will be sent to their country of origin. We have all heard of the hospital closures in border states due to the lack of payment by illegals who use the facilities as a health clinic, rather than an emergency room. They know that legally, the hospital cannot refuse to treat them like a doctor's office would, so they go to the ER for the slightest of health problems.

Not surprisingly, the Mexican government thinks that we should just shut up and take care of their foreign invaders, calling the new policy an "act of discrimination."

Hugo Juarez, a consul official at the Mexican Consulate in Dallas, was visibly perturbed.
He called the statements made by the judge "a strange posture, a strange reasoning." He said there had been no agreement or contract between his nation and Dallas County that would make such action legal.
Mr. Juarez also was curious about how hospital officials would know where to send the bill.
"How do they know who is Mexican?" he said. "Nobody asks for your nationality nor immigration status when you go to the hospital."

The hospital says it has confirmed the nationalities of the indigents it has treated, and estimates that 90% of those who will be affected by it's new billing policy are Mexican nationals.

What are the odds that the Mexican government will pay up? Probably not any better than it's illegal citizens who refused to pay the bill in the first place doing so. But this is a clear message to the RINOs in Washington who refuse to do anything more than throw their hands up in the air and claim that "nothing can be done." We Americans are sick of footing the bill for your political positioning and refusal to do the work of the public who hired (voted) you into office.

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