DC had Republican Senate candidates talking about making birth control pills available over-the-counter. Now, DC has got candidates talking about ISIS. George Holding is running ads about ISIS. Thom Tillis is running ads about ISIS.
But we’re not hearing much about what is arguably our most pressing national security issue: our porous Southern border we share with Mexico. We’ve had the unaccompanied minors flooding across. The feds have been dumping some of them in North Carolina without even bothering to notify local authorities. (Oh, and they are ALL eligible for ObamaCare. )
Breitbart Texas does a great job of covering issues on the border that we’ll likely start seeing very soon up here.
Medicaid is bleeding money. We’re struggling to foot the bill as things are. But more and more illegals are pouring into the state and hopping on the Medicaid rolls:
Federal law generally bars illegal immigrants from being covered by Medicaid. But a little-known part of the state-federal health insurance program for the poor has long paid about $2 billion a year for emergency treatment for a group of patients who, according to hospitals, mostly comprise illegal immigrants.
The lion’s share goes to reimburse hospitals for delivering babies for women who show up in their emergency rooms, according to interviews with hospital officials and studies.
Some groups say the services encourage people to cross the border for care, while advocates for immigrants say the funding is inadequate because it doesn’t pay for prenatal care and other vital services.
“We can’t turn them away,” said Joanne Aquilina, the chief financial officer of Bethesda Healthcare System in Boynton Beach, Fla., which sees many illegal immigrants because of its proximity to farms where they harvest sugarcane and other seasonal crops.
Nearly one-third of Bethesda Hospital East’s 2,900 births each year are paid for by Emergency Medicaid, the category that covers mainly illegal immigrants. The category includes a small proportion of homeless people and legal immigrants who’ve been in the country less than five years.
Hospitals can’t ask patients whether they’re illegal immigrants, but instead determine that after checking whether they have Social Security numbers, birth certificates or other documents.
“We gather information to qualify patients for something and through that process, if you really hit a dead end, you know they are illegal,” said Steve Short, the chief financial officer at Tampa General Hospital.
A 2007 medical article in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 99 percent of those who used Emergency Medicaid during a four-year period in North Carolina were thought to be illegal immigrants.[…]
These people aren’t paying any taxes, but the feds are requiring that we educate their kids in public schools. Some are even forecasting a health crisis in our nation’s public schools thanks to the flood of illegals.
Clearly, this situation has the potential for dire consequences for our personal safety, our economy, and the future of our culture and our country. Yet, we’re talking about birth control pills and attendance at committee meetings.
The politicos apparently don’t want to venture into this territory. Consultants worry about a hard line on immigration costing votes and / or campaign contributions. Politicians are avoiding the subject until after the November vote — when they can go ahead and sell out their constituents to the US Chamber of Commerce and the agri-interests that LOVE that cheap, undocumented foreign labor.
Kay Hagan voted for the Gang of Eight amnesty bill in the Senate. Tillis pushed through the driver licenses and E-Verify watering-down here in North Carolina. He also made some overtures to the Farm Bureau indicating he might be open to some of this amnesty stuff.
The drive-by media won’t do its job and hold candidates’ feet to the fire. We’ve got to do it. We can sit back and allow this election cycle to focus on nut-cases thousands of miles away who may or may not cause us problems. Or we can let our voices be heard loud and clear about addressing the crisis right here in our backyard.