Friday, May 05, 2006

What health care problem?

Here is the shocking statement of the year:

For the last few years, the Health Department has struggled to provide services to a growing population of undocumented, uninsured mothers in need of prenatal care.

In 2003, we served well over 300 clients, 90% of whom had no insurance.

In 2004, the number of clients seen at the Health Department from the Community Prenatal Project swelled to approximately 360 women, a 20% increase from the prior year. In terms of the entire project, there have been some 490 clients seen and referred for services within the network.
SOURCE

And that number is for a single county, not the whole state. The real troubling part is that this document does not see a root problem in this trend but rather they are energetic about providing more services at taxpayer expense to these illegal aliens.

12 comments:

BEAR said...

Daniel, regardless of the cost of services to illegals, I'm surprised by the absolute silence from the feminists, naral crowd, and N.O.W. on this issue. Those groups should be front and center condemning the "anchor" baby strategy employed by the illegals. After all, the "politics of procreation" is their forte. Perhaps, they have once more chosen to let their ideology trump their stated principles.

Anonymous said...

The Health Department will claim the following. I'd like you to rebut it.

"If we don't provide these prenatal care services, these undocumented pregnant women could go on to have serious complications either during or after pregnancy. This could result in substantial increased cost to all in terms of ongoing, uninsured health care coverage."

Don't get me wrong. I understand that offering benefits to illegals further attracts them to the various states. In my view, we either offer the services or shut it down completely in all 50 states, which is what I'd like to see. Your thoughts?

Mike in PDX said...

MY LETTER TO SENATOR SMITH


Mike xxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxx xxxxx xxx xxx
Portland, Oregon 97218


Senator Gordon Smith
404 Russell Building
Washington, DC 20510


21 April, 2006



Dear Senator Smith;

The block of styrofoam accompanying this letter is to symbolize a brick that can be used in the construction of a wall, or implementation of other MEANINGFUL ways to secure our borders with Mexico and Canada. I have taken the time to label each side of this brick to assist you in its proper placement. I make no apologies if this symbol seems a bit flippant, because I am quite disturbed with your lack of enthusiasm to enforce the immigration laws that are currently on our books. I am a hard working natural born citizen of this country who always pays his taxes on time. I can hardly be considered an activist. In fact, this is the first time that I have written your office or a US Senator for that matter. I can’t be considered a racist, because most of my household holds a minority status. I can’t be considered anti-immigration, because I have a family member who is a LEGAL resident-alien, and very good friends who are naturalized citizens.

As a U.S. Senator, you took an oath to uphold the Constitution and Laws of this country. By allowing the estimated 10-15 million ILLEGAL immigrants to stay in this country, you’re sending a very loud and clear message that YOU, and this country no longer respect rule by law. In fact, the message has already been sent. US Border Patrol have told Oregon State representative Jeff Kropf, who is spending time on the US-Mexico border assisting the Minuteman Project, that the word is out in the Latin American countries of the likely upcoming amnesty. Correspondingly, the number of illegal crossings is significantly up from this time last year.

I am very disturbed about you, and your colleague’s continued disregard for the principle of ‘rule by law’. Let’s be honest. This is about votes just as much as jobs (maybe more). An untapped voter base that you (the Republican Party) ‘PERCEIVE’ you can win over to your side. That is why you (Gordon Smith and the Republican Party) have no interest in addressing the motor-voter registration of illegal aliens here in the State of Oregon. That is why you (Gordon Smith and the Republican Party) have no interest in addressing the State of Oregon and their monthly carousels targeting illegal immigrants to sign up for state social services. Social services (e.g., The Oregon Health Care Plan) that I pay for that my family is not entitled to because of our income, but to people that have NO LEGAL STATUS in our country or our state.

A milestone of American history has just been made in the past few weeks. Now…for the first time in this country’s history, illegal Latino immigrants have more power, than natural born and naturalized (LEGAL) citizens of the United States. The evidence is in your reluctance to secure our borders, your reluctance to enforce our immigration laws, by allowing these illegal aliens to vote in our elections, and allowing them access to the social services that legal citizens of this country pay for, but in most cases are not entitled to.

This is why your perception of winning elections with the help of the Latino vote is wrong. I am a conservative, and usually vote Republican. A few other conservative friends and associates of mine have expressed that they are going to vote Democrat. Any vote you make for amnesty, citizenship, etc., for these illegal aliens will force me to vote for your Democratic challenger as well. I am tired of the Republican attitude: “Who else are you going to vote for?” The difference between you two parties is like the difference between Diet Coke, and Diet Pepsi. At least with the Democrat party, I will get the truth. When I vote Republican (especially in Oregon), I get Democrat. So, for every illegal Latino vote you may get, you’re going to loose 2 to 3 legal Republican votes.

All that I ask is that you enforce our laws. No amnesty, no citizenship, and no legal status (e.g., no eligibility for voting, social services, etc.) for the 10-15 estimated ILLEGAL immigrants. I am not anti-immigration. I am from a family of immigrants. However, my relatives came here LEGALLY! Giving amnesty to the estimated 10-15 million illegal aliens already here sends the message that our laws have no meaning and will not be enforced. In reality, that message has already been sent. I also ask that you DO NOT send me one of your form letters telling me that this is a very complicated issue with a wide diversity of views. You not responding to this letter will: 1) tell me you actually read it, and 2) save some of our tax payer money in sending a worthless form letter.


Sincerely,


Mike xxxxxxxxxx

Daniel said...

Bear, and they seem to love "Mexican culture" but they don't talk about the no abortion, child rape, and general bad treatment of women in Mexico.

Anon, I realize what your point is, that's why I suggested that they aren't looking at the root problem which is illegal immigration. Stopping it isn't even a thought that crosses their minds.

Sue K. said...

I wonder if the health department counsels these women regarding birth control? With all the available forms of birth control out there, there is no excuse to keep "popping" babies out. Especially babies that YOU cannot afford to take care of.

Sue K. said...

mike in pdx--GREAT letter!!! Wonder if any of it will sink into Smith's thick head?

Allen said...

When Smith and Wyden fly over Oregon they can't see any Illegal Alien problems.

I would like to book them into one of NE Salem's sleazy motels and make them spend a week Embracing the culture.

BEAR said...

anon, 8:31, by doing as Canada has done, which was to remove the possibility that a child born there was automatically a citizen, you remove the concept of "anchor" babies. It worked for the Canadians, and will work, here. As Daniel and others have continued to say, if you remove the goodies, the illegals will have no reason to crash the borders. This is only one of many ways to disincentivize the illegals.

Sue K. said...

This is a little off topic but I have been over at www.congress.org reading the letters to leaders regarding illegal immigration. All I can say is....WOW!! So far all the emails I have read have been against illegal immigration. Some of the letters are pretty passionate. It is OBVIOUS that the American people are FED UP! Several writers are no longer going to vote Republican and will change to Independent or vote for Democrats (for the candidate who WILL do something to combat the illegal immigration problem). Just finished reading Charlie Daniel's opinion on the illegal immigration problem. GO, CHARLIE!

Daniel--Do you have access to Charlie Daniel's opinion? If not, would it be ok to copy and paste it here or is it better to post the link?

Anonymous said...

400.....is this the yearly total for the county? What county is this? Hell, I work for Clackamas County and I can tell you that they see at least that many illegal mothers for prenatal care in just a couple of weeks. Also you have immunizations, post birth checkups, etc.

You would not believe how the illegals abuse the system. It is almost like once they cross the border they are given a map of the county health clinics........go here, the gringo will take care of everything!

Rick Hickey said...

Oregon Health Plan, last year, made US pay for 18,000 Illegal Aliens to have Babies.
Minimum perfect Birth cost $4,000.

Solution? ANY Hospital care;
Treat & Deport.

CANCEL the 14th amendment-ANCHOR Baby law. We needed it so slaves children would be Americans. We haven't had full slavery for 150 years.
Times change, so should LAWS.

ILLEGAL Alien supporters:
PLEASE go to MEXICO and make a difference, you aren't/won't/can't here.

Calhoun said...

Mike in pdx, your letter hit the nail on the head.

And eliminating automatic citizenship is the first thing that needs to be done.

And the idea that we can't deport an illegal alien who has a citizen child? Why can't we?