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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
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-illegal-immigrant-kidney-transplant-20121209,0,3537821.story

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.”

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  • Guest

    So does anyone know what hapens when an American illigally enters Mexico??? Do it and find out how tough they really are. It is brutal!!!

    • billythekid

      You would go straight to jail. And it could be months before you even get to talk to a lawyer.

  • CHinOhio

    “Jorge is a lot of hope for the community,” – Yeah, the illegal community. This country has become so busy trying to do the right thing, that they no longer have a freaking clue exactly what that “thing” is. Talking about flaunting the breaking of our laws. Send him home for his meds, and living, etc….

  • “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.”
    Why didn’t you voice the same to the frigging country you came from Jorge Mariscal? Means nothing to an American who knows the waiting list for Americans needing a kidney transplant. An illegal for 8 damn years! Americans, make a writtem document that only Americans can receive the transplant of your kidney – any of your body parts for that matter. Force the courts to abide by your decisions instead of going to the highest bidder – or stop giving freebies to those who get top dollar for yours.

    • loriboxer

      Lilya, you brought up an excellent idea for all Americans to consider: make sure your will stipulates that your organs go to American citizens. I love it.

    • satansidekick

      Good idea. Will pass that one around

  • Shoot them all as they cross the boarders…they get better care the the born and raised in this country!!

  • How about obeying the laws and paying taxes to support America? How about becoming legal first before you take away from legal americans who are in the same position you are in? You are a Mexican citizen. Want American generosity. Become an American citizen and contribute to America’s wellbeing.

  • What kind of piece of crap human doesn’t obey a law just because they don’t agree with it!?!?!

    Oh wait…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Revolution

    • You’re comparing an illegal immigrant demanding free health care with the American colonies breaking free from a tyrannical king??

  • Hubcap

    He who works eats! America has been sacrificing for over a hundred years of sharing the wealth. Americans hardly reap the benefits of their labors with all money going out of the country. The United Nations is an example of obsolete and unsustainable. Their pension fund is created from American sweat. America gives them billions every year to operate with and its a sure bet they created their own pensions on American money and it is likely a lot more generous than any American retired military veteran.

    http://www.vaughns-1-pagers.com/politics/us-foreign-aid.htm

  • SaddleVamp

    Ok, a loaded question. While I feel …he should not get “FREE” treatment above our own who are on a certain list….as I know a donor is not always available and has an availability window, not to mention it has to be compatible with the recipient ….I can see his point in the way that he is afraid for his life…would we not all feel the same in his case? YES …and would anyone do whatever they can to achieve saving their life. legal or illegal. I guess from a certain standpoint I can see his opinion….if I put myself in his place on this one.

    • loriboxer

      Yes, SV … anyone would do what they could to save his/her life … but he didn’t. He COULD HAVE GONE TO MEXICO 8 years ago where they have socialized medicine for all, and where he IS a citizen. Had he done that, he would have had a kidney way before now.

    • satansidekick

      I an see his point but the point still remains that someone else would have probably been a match and a citizen. When did being a citizen become meaningless?

  • durabo

    Time for volunteers, drawn from veterans’ ranks, to man the ridges overlooking the border near Nogales, Arizona, with clear rules of engagement. Neutralize all invaders.

    • The FBI would storm in, telling us it’s the federal government’s job, not ours. Yet they won’t do anything.

  • Shovel

    Been paying taxes & social security for 44yrs. & this illegal POS has the nerve to say this? I now have to work more years to collect what I payed in because of our government “taking care” of illegal garbage like this? I don’t get what he has recieved, I’ve been fed up, how bout you? when is Enough Enough?

  • And I cant even get medicare to pay for a set of dentures 🙁 I have 8 teeth left and only 1 set to chew with but medicare will pay for a penis pump or birth control pills or a wrist brace if I get carpel tunnel from Master bating to much ( sorry for the graphics thoughts ) but you get my point….. its out of control the things we really need to stay healthy they wont pay for but stupid wastefull things they will …

    • satansidekick

      They are obsessed with their sex parts.

  • Hi Jan, Why doesn’t this country man up and send the bills for his treatment to Mexico?!?!? He is one of their citizens and they do have centralized health-care. It would be in the best interest of our medical and tax paying citizens. Wouldn’t you agree??

  • i have a brother veteran who died waiting for a transplant . and this motherf–ker gets one .

    • billythekid

      It is sickening to think about, but an illegal Mexican gets treated better than a legal citizen who has fought for his country. How much longer are we going to put up with this?