Want Benefits of Being American? BE AN AMERICAN.
Want the benefits of being an American? BE an AMERICAN.·
This illegal immigrant wants to know, “Why can’t we be treated the same?”
He says, “Health care should be a human right, not a privilege. At least give us the chance to fight for our lives with dignity.”
And he is “frustrated with a health care system” that he “worries might leave out an untold number of illegal immigrants in need of lifesaving treatments.”
Do you believe this F*G guy?! (See link to story below.) Wants to be treated the same? The same as who? Those of us who ARE citizens? Or legal residents who abide by the rules? Jorge doesn’t REALLY want to be treated equally under the law, because that means that those who break our laws must be held accountable regardless of residency status. But, Jorge doesn’t want that part of equality applied to him, now does he, because it would mean being held accountable for being here illegally, in which case he and his mother should be deported.
Dialysis for an illegal alien, which must be done in an ER setting, costs upwards of $75,000 per year. This guy was on dialysis for 8 years. Do you think any of us would have received all that free dialysis? How many of us do you think would get that transplant surgery (and all the pre-testing, screening, evaluation and post-surgical care) and all associated costs of a few hundred thousand dollars done for free by Loyola or any major medical institution? (And in two other Chicago hospitals, another illegal is being considered for a free liver transplant while his brother, also illegal, has been placed on a liver transplant waiting list.)
His mother who knowingly, purposely and illegally brought him here 23 years ago, should have gone back to Mexico with her son years ago to fight for his health care there. Mexico has a national health care system, and kidney transplants are routinely performed there. There is NO reason this Mexican citizen could not have returned to his home country, the country he IS a citizen of, and had his transplant surgery there. And, as a Mexican citizen, the Mexican government should be responsible now for the cost of his post-surgical anti-rejection medications–which will cost upwards of $10,000 per year for the rest of his life– not the U.S. taxpayer. We should not be forced to cover potentially over $1 million in medical bills over his lifetime because he is here illegally.
This goes way beyond empathy for someone who came here illegally by no choice of his own; I don’t have an ounce of sympathy for him. His mother obviously led by example, that it’s OK to break laws if you don’t think they are fair. He has been here for over 23 years and has never looked towards a path to citizenship, but will demand our tax dollars to save his life?! I’ll bet that after 23 years he can’t recite the Pledge of Allegiance or sing the words to the Star Spangled Banner, or pick a photo of George Washington out of a lineup, but probably has a Mexican flag flying from his car’s radio antennae. He wants the benefits of being an American, but doesn’t want to BE American.
Our troops, past and present, come home without limbs or worse, needing all kinds of medical attention that they practically have to beg for, waiting years for bureaucratic paperwork to be processed. Their families oftentimes have to organize bake sales and other events to raise money for medical and quality of life needs for their loved ones. THESE are the men and women who deserve free medical attention and quality of life assistance for the rest of their lives. No one else is worthy of it. No one else has the ‘right’ to it. EVER.
Lori’s article is an opinion article… her reaction to this story that was in the Chicago Tribune.
Illegal Immigrant Gets Kidney
By Michael Holtz, Chicago Tribune reporter
December 9, 2012
As an illegal immigrant, Jorge Mariscal waited eight years for a kidney transplant he feared would never come.
His persistence paid off Thursday when he underwent the procedure at Loyola University Medical Center.
After years of uncertainties, Mariscal said he’s excited about his future and grateful for the help he received. But he remains frustrated with a health care system that he worries might leave out an untold number of illegal immigrants in need of lifesaving treatments.
“Why can’t we be treated the same?” he asked while sitting in his hospital room. “Health care should be a human right, not a privilege. At least give us the chance to fight for our lives with dignity.”
Mariscal’s treatment is far from over. The pills he’ll need to make sure his body doesn’t reject the new organ can cost upward of $10,000 a year for the rest of his life. And paying for those, just like the surgery, is complicated by his immigration status.
Although Loyola agreed to cover the costs of the transplant, Mariscal will have to pay for the medicine. He applied for a grant through the Simon Bolivar Foundation, a medical nonprofit, that would help cover his first year of anti-rejection pills. But without health insurance, he expects he’ll have to pay for most of his medication.
To get a head start on his future medical bills, Mariscal started raising money three years ago. Together with Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Little Village, he has raised thousands of dollars through benefit concerts and other events.
The Rev. Jose Landaverde, pastor of the mission, said he felt compelled by the Gospel to help Mariscal after hearing his story.
“Jorge is a lot of hope for the community,” he said. “I believe that the Gospel moves us to be in solidarity with one another.”