Now that my friends have become aware of my political stance as a result of reading my blogs on this website, I receive a lot of information in my email. Another tidbit I was sent inspired me to write today’s entry about Parkland Memorial Hospital.Okay, where is Parkland Memorial Hospital and what makes it worth writing about? Parkland Memorial Hospital is located right in the heart of Bush domain and the good ol’ boys network â€“ Dallas, Texas. There are some historical reasons why Parkland has been in the press over the past few decades. First, Parkland appeared in the media when John F. Kennedy died there in 1963 and Lee Harvey Oswald died there shortly afterwards. A few years later, just by alleged coincidence, Jack Ruby died at Parkland â€“ for those who don’t remember, Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald.
Are these the only reasons I am writing about Parkland Memorial Hospital and their only claims to notoriety? Well, Parkland also boasts being the second biggest maternity ward in the United States, delivering almost 16,000 babies each year. That breaks down to 44 babies a day, every day.
Sounds enchanting, doesn’t it? Until you find out that 70 percent of the women who gave birth to children at Parkland during the first quarter of 2006 were illegal immigrants. This equals over 11,000 anchor babies born in Dallas alone. In 2004, Parkland spent over 70 million bucks delivering these babies â€“ but have no fear for them, they wound up with a surplus thanks to American citizens’ dollars â€“ Dallas County taxpayers contributed $31.3 million, the feds threw in $9.5 million and Medicaid offered up $34.5 million.
Let’s think about the average patient at Parkland. She is 25 years old, an illegal immigrant and having her second child. Hey, why not â€“ it’s paid for by someone else! The fact of the matter is that illegal immigrants don’t have to show any sort of legitimate identification or proof of income. We don’t know who we are giving money to or even if they really need it, yet we’re footing the bill. Imagine that illegal â€“ key term being illegal â€“ immigrants are actually under the impression they should have more rights! I don’t know any American citizen who would get away with this.
To add to this, Parkland actually has nine prenatal clinics to service these people who are illegal. These prenatal centers offer free prenatal care including birthing classes, child care classes, medication, nutrition and freebies such as bottles, diapers, formula and car seats. Of course, illegal immigrants will assert that these advantages are also available to American citizens. This holds some truth, however, qualifying for these programs is next to impossible. The mountain of paperwork to fill out, the multiple documents that need to be submitted and the bureaucracy take forever and often the effort yields little or no assistance.
In fact, Parkland does offer help to American citizens. They need to prove they earn less than $40,000 per year and that they did not refuse health insurance coverage at their current job. Seems that it’s a lot tougher to get help when you’ve actually paid into the American system.
Add to this that there were 140 patients over the last year who got about $4 million for unreimbursed medical care but they didn’t qualify for the free treatment because they lived outside of Dallas County. These American citizens will be sued â€“ even though they obviously cannot afford it. However, illegal immigrants get all these benefit for free â€“ no questions asked. An illegal immigrant could be working off the books earning a thousand dollars each week and still qualify for free medical care because they have nothing to fill out and nothing to prove. It’s absolutely outrageous.
If this is not enough to get you going, the patients are complaining that the staff does not speak Spanish. Despite the fact there are enough staff members to act as translators, this apparently is not satisfactory to some of the illegal immigrants. Because of this, Parkland is offering incentives to staff members speaking Spanish. Additionally, the Parkland training facility at the University of Texas Southwestern will now include a Spanish language requirement. There is no other school in the United States that demands this type of multicultural, multi-semester requirement.
I realize that a pregnant woman cannot be denied medical attention based on her ability to pay or immigration status. Of course this is a compassionate thought and understandable but these illegals should not receive superior treatment to American citizens! After having one child illegally, why don’t we address the illegality of their residency before we start paying for these illegal immigrants to give birth to more children? When senior citizens and veterans cannot make ends meet or get decent health care and illegal immigrants are being catered to with our money, it’s a problem. Frankly, I am the wife of a disabled veteran who had to work until my ninth month of pregnancy with both my children to ensure I had health insurance coverage for their births. This was despite the fact I was a high risk pregnancy and advised to quit working before my final trimester. This has had a lasting impact on my overall health but there was no other option for an American citizen and wife of a man who served on the front lines for this country. Mamasaid there’d be days like these…