Monday, July 10, 2006

Dallas Gets It...

I know this is most likely more symbolism than anything else...never-the-less, I'm diggin' the symbolism...

"...Parkland Memorial Hospital plans to bill Mexico and other countries to help cover the costs of health care for indigents.
The plan, which also seeks payments from adjoining counties in Texas, has brought a negative response from the Mexican government, with a diplomat terming it "an act of discrimination."
Last year, hospital officials said, Dallas County spent $76.5 million to treat people from outside Dallas. Of that, almost $27 million was not reimbursed.
Much of the cost was for treating patients from adjoining counties in Texas, which Dallas County officials claim is unfair to local taxpayers.
"If you're not Dallas County residents, we think where you are from should pay for your indigent health care," Judge Keliher said.
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." (source)

If you think states should have to absorb all the money spent on health care for illegals --think of the middle class tax payers that DO indeed pay taxes, but don't have health care for their families...

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