Money Dispute Stopping Needed Help For Haiti

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A dispute over who will pay the bill has stopped the airlift of critically injured Haitian earthquake victims to Florida.

These folks cannot get the help they need in Haiti.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist has written a letter asking the federal government to pay some of the costs of treating these patients in Florida.

Other states have also received a smaller number of these patients and those flights have stopped for the moment as well.

This dispute could not have been resolved while the flights continued?

Some say it is the military that is halting the flights. The military says some hospitals are denying the patients.

Governor Crist is running in a Republican primary for the U.S. Senate against a tea party-type. This primary is closer than had been expected.

Is Governor Crist raising this point to protect himself from a charge that he is allowing Florida to spend money on dark-skinned foreigners?

Could nobody in the federal government contact the White House so the President could order flights to continue? I’m sure that in the end something will be worked out to pay for these treatments.

Meanwhile, it is possible that somebody has died already because they could not get airlifted out of Haiti and receive better treatment.

Can’t people get their acts together when lives are on the line?

It really is sickening. It’s all about money.

The relief effort in Haiti is ongoing. Doctors Without Borders is one of a number of groups that is offering needed help.

By |2010-01-30T11:32:39-04:00January 30th, 2010|Foreign Affairs, Healthcare, Immigration|Comments Off on Money Dispute Stopping Needed Help For Haiti

Who are these 46 million who are not insured?

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Liberals have been accused of misrepresenting the data on those who are uninsured. So, I thought I’d take a couple of seconds and set the record straight. The U.S. Census has released a report on income, poverty and health insurance status a couple of months ago. The data is from 2008.

There are 46.3 million people in the United States who do not have health insurance. This has increased from 45.7 million people in 2007. 34 million of these people are American citizens. 9.5 million are not American citizens. This leaves approximately 2.7 million Americans who don’t have health insurance who have become naturalized citizens. So, it is not correct to call them all illegal aliens. (I hate that term. I’ve been pushing “economic refugees” because that accurately describes why they are here.) On the other hand, it is not correct to call them all American citizens. I think this is important. The vast majority of the 46 million Americans without health insurance are American citizens!

Now, to jump into the mess, what shall we do with 9.5 million economic refugees were not citizens? Some have suggested we do nothing. Others have said if there’s an emergency, send them to the emergency room; otherwise, do nothing. Here’s my thought. As a surgeon, if I’m at a football game watching my Dallas Cowboys and the guy next to me is coughing up some infectious disease — tuberculosis, influenza, etc… — his health is affecting me. If I’m in New York on a subway or in an elevator, his health affects me and those around me. Also, if these economic refugees get brought into the healthcare system, it will cost me and you less in the long run. Complications of disease always cost more. Preventing those complications should be our goal.

I know that this is a contentious issue. I also know that we need to fix this problem that has been created by corporate greed. If corporations weren’t hiring economic refugees, they wouldn’t be here.

By |2009-10-30T05:55:53-04:00October 30th, 2009|Healthcare, Immigration|Comments Off on Who are these 46 million who are not insured?

What's going on — Thursday News Roundup

Today’s Roundup comes from the Political Animal. Foolishly, I’m trying to get some of my work done. I’m happy to say that I have Representative Susan Fisher on my show this week. We will be talking about the North Carolina state budget and several of her other initiatives.  I will also have Angela Kelly from the Center for American Progress. We will discuss comprehensive immigration reform.

* Busted: “The government is charging Angelo R. Mozilo, the former chief executive of the mortgage lender Countrywide Financial, and two other company executives with civil fraud. The Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday afternoon that its case also accused Mr. Mozilo of illegal insider trading.”

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* Sonia Sotomayor finished the Senate Judiciary Committee’s questionnaire in record time. Bonus points for turning it in early?

* A court has ordered South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) to take $700 million in stimulus money, whether he wants it or not.

* Immigration reform this year?

* President Obama’s policy towards Israel is being undermined by lawmakers in his own party.

* How dishonest is Liz Cheney’s political analysis? She’s willing to say things Dick Cheney has already rejected.

* Ezra explains, “The toxic loans portion of Tim Geithner’s Public Private Investment Program looks to be officially dead.” (more…)

By |2009-06-04T20:45:04-04:00June 4th, 2009|Economy, General, Immigration, Legal, Rep. Susan Fisher, Supreme court|Comments Off on What's going on — Thursday News Roundup
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