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Dear Mexican: Is Lou Dobbs right when he says that close to 80 hospitals in California have been closed because of the illegals, or is he lying? Cabrónes No Necesitamos
Dear CNN: Dobbs is right to a certain point, and only in spite of his idiocy. The father of two half-wabs spouted off his closed-hospitals claim at least three times: in a December 11, 2006, interview with Charlie Rose; an October 18, 2006, CNN broadcast (in which he incorrectly attributed the figure to a spring 2006 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine); and a May 1, 2006, special on that year's amnesty marches. During that May special, Dobbs said, "Well, just for the record, it's about 60 hospitals and clinics in California have had to close [because of uninsured illegal aliens], and in Texas. This is not a new phenomenon, and it's just one of the hidden costs that the national, the mainstream news media, hidebound by political correctness, doesn't want to deal with."
Know Nothing blogs, radio bros and activists repeat Dobbs' assertion as gospel. Dobbs first discussed California's shuttered hospitals in a June 8, 2005, interview with Madeleine Cosman, who had just published "Illegal Aliens and American Medicine," an essay in the spring 2005 edition of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. Dobbs identified her as a "leading medical attorney," but the Southern Poverty Law Center later exposed her as little more than a résumé-padding racist who once said of Mexican immigrants, "Most of these bastards molest girls under 12, though some specialize in boys, and some in nuns."
The loco-est part of this mess is that both Cosman and her parakeet Dobbs have their figures relatively right: According to the California Hospital Association (CHA), 82 hospitals in the Golden State folded from 1996 to 2006. But in an August interview with The New England Journal of Medicine, CHA's vice president of external affairs, Jan Emerson, noted, "It would not be fair to place the blame solely on undocumented immigrants, but certainly, they are a contributing factor." The article by contributing editor Susan Okie, M.D., also revealed that illegals make up only about 20 percent of the country's residents who lack medical insurance and about 10 percent of the "uncompensated care in California hospitals."
So you expect me to believe that the cause of the closure is because of Mexicans?
It has nothing to do with the supposedly wealthiest country not wanting universal healthcare because it is a capitalist country?
Nothing to do with all of the American Assoc. of anything are all run and owned by a select few, so perhaps there is a hidden agenda as to why these select few want you to believe this?
Nothing to do with the extreme rise in healthcare in general?
Nothing to do with the increase for the cost of education to educate the youth to become doctors or study medicine?
Nothing to do with the country being in a recession?
Nothing to do with nothing, except Mexicans?
Close, but no cigar. Don't believe everything you read people.
It's amusing that he called him an idiot before stating he is correct. What is wrong with 55 percent of Americans that are in denial all the while feeling better than thou.
I didn't read any facts in the article to actually dispute Dobbs. That leads me to believe that Arellano has no facts.
@transam19992003 It seems Arellano is not disputing Dobb's point of view but is rather agreeing with him. There are some 'facts' thrown around. One is that undocumented immigrants are responsible for 20%% of those without medical insurance nationwide and 10%% of uncompensated medical care in California. It is good that we want to reduce costs by shaming those that take advantage of our medical system. In fact we should also be very worried about the rest (the 80%% nationwide and the 90%% in Callifornia) who are taxing the system and are not undocumented since those are the ones in the majority causing hospitals to fail.