Saw this on Facebook this morning from the TheBlackSphere
“No America citizen should have to fight to be put ahead of illegals. But such is the case when Democrats crave new voters.
And that’s why Americans find ourselves in jeopardy. Along with double the crimes committed by illegals, their status notwithstanding, there exist other perils.”
Looked into it, it’s from a 10 year old story from the LA Times but it’s still relevant today 10 years later. Are we finally going to fix Immigration this year once and for all?
Excerpts from the article, Organ transplants for immigrants stir debate in Calif.
LOS ANGELES – “Ana Puente was an infant with a liver disorder when her aunt brought her illegally to the United States to seek medical care. She underwent two liver transplants at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center as a child in 1989 and a third in 1998, each paid for by the state.
But when Puente turned 21 in June, she aged out of her state-funded health insurance and the ability to continue treatment at UCLA.
Late last month Puente learned of another, little-known option for patients with certain healthcare needs. If she notified US Citizenship and Immigration Services that she was in the country illegally, state health officials might grant her full coverage through Medi-Cal, the state health services assistance program for the poor. Puente did so, her benefits were restored, and she is awaiting a fourth transplant at UCLA.
Puente’s case highlights two controversial issues: Should illegal immigrants receive liver transplants in the United States and should taxpayers pick up the cost?
The average cost of a liver transplant and first-year follow-up is nearly $490,000, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. Donor livers are in scarce supply. In California, nearly 3,700 people are on a waiting list for livers, according to the network. Last year, more than 90 percent were given to US citizens.”
Heres another article, Immigration debate hits home for liver transplant patients
“Ana Puente, 21, is waiting for her fourth liver transplant. Puente is an undocumented immigrant.
The state funded the procedures for these young illegal migrants. But when they hit 21, coverage passed to L.A. County, which doesn’t have the resources to implant the new organs they both needed again.”
“If illegal immigrants inform the state in writing that U.S. immigration services “is aware of their presence and does not plan to deport them,” they could be eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal, said Norman Williams, spokesman for the state health department. Medical condition is one factor that would make immigrants eligible for coverage.
The immigrants send a form to Citizenship and Immigration Services, but the agency said it does not respond to patients or make any promises about their immigration status.
Looking to the future
Dr. Sue V. McDiarmid, medical director of UCLA’s pediatric liver transplant program, said that she regrets not being able to continue treatment for every patient but that it would not be “financially responsible” to waive all fees. She said the university does follow up with its patients once they are under county care.
“It is just not our philosophy to dump patients,” McDiarmid said. “When things go wrong, it truly is a heartbreaker.”
But she said liver transplantation is more than a surgical procedure; doctors have to consider whether the patient will have access to healthcare and medication in the long run.
“If we felt at any time that we were transplanting a liver into a person that the hope of any long-term outcome was very poor, we shouldn’t be doing the transplant,” she said.
McDiarmid said, however, that doctors do not ask about a patient’s immigration status.
The larger problem, she said, is that the state healthcare system cuts off illegal immigrants who were covered as children. “We took care of those undocumented children because we thought, and the state thought, that it was the right thing to do,” she said. “Why would we as a society then turn our backs on them?”
Puente is not the only young transplant patient who has shown up for county care recently. Dr. Andrew Stolz, who directs the liver consultation service at County-USC as well as the county’s outpatient Roybal Liver Clinic, said the facility is treating about 10 liver transplant patients who aged out of California Children’s Services and no longer have insurance.
Though he does not know how many of these patients are immigrants, Stolz said those who are here legally could apply for full-scope Medi-Cal to cover a liver transplant.
Repeat transplants, which are not uncommon, can be necessary if the patients’ bodies reject the livers at the time of the transplant or while they are on medication, or if the transplant livers develop hepatitis C, Stolz said.
Jose Lopez said he came to the U.S. with his mother illegally as a child. Soon after, he contracted hepatitis A and received his first liver transplant. Eight years later, he got cirrhosis and received another transplant.
Both were performed at UCLA and paid for by the state.
As his 21st birthday approached, his mother, Maria Elena Lopez, searched for clinics that might agree to treat her son. She applied for Medi-Cal for him but has not received a response.
Her son turned 21 on Aug. 7. He said the UCLA doctors gave him extra medications to hold him over.”
Published November 28, 2010 U.S. Organ Transplant Program Caters To Hispanics
“He’s a latino doctor and you can almost hear the pride in his voice when he reads the statistic. Dr. Juan Carlos Caicedo says that kidney transplants for Hispanics have almost doubled at his Chicago hospital, and some of the patients come from as far away as Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida.
The reason? They are all interested in the only known transplant program in the United States conducted entirely in Spanish and tailored to the unique needs of Hispanic patients.”
People know if they can get to America, America and Americans are a compassionate people, (there can be no doubt about that!) we’ll take care of them.
But, as one articles asks, what about the Americans that may die as a result of an illegal getting the liver instead of them?
If we took care of the immigration problem we wouldn’t have to deal with it. Maybe if people stayed in their own countries they might be forced to deal with or fix their own problems.
That sounds cold no doubt but look at the shape the country is in. The people are tired of taking care of everyone else at the expense of our own people. Who else does this? You don’t see people going to any other countries for this stuff.
Look at the shape California is in because of Illegal Immigration and the liberals are double downing on their left-wing agenda sacrificing American citizens as they do.
Think medical coast are to high? Don’t think stuff like this is helping to bring it down.
I know of a lot of seniors that can’t afford and struggle to pay for their medication and medical bills. What about the homeless crises? The Vet’s? I know for a fact, personally people in California on SSDI that got their benefits cut and have to pay more “out of pocket expense” coincidentally about three months after California decided to start paying for Illegals medical.
So I don’t know. I liked the SOTU address last night, not to thrilled about the amnesty part for 2+ million but if if thats what it takes to finally fix the problem lets “get er done” and get on with MAGA!
Thats my two cents anyways, have any thoughts?
GOD bless America and you.