Do Mexicans Cause the Closures of Hospitals?

[¡Ask a Mexican!] And how many cases of leprosy come from Mexico per year?

DEAR READERS: My muchos apologies for this Best Of edition—I'm still in the rancho getting faded on the Herradura and stuffed with tamales, pozole, birria and empanadas. But this is an oldie-but-goodie even Art Laboe would appreciate: a 2007 piece ripping apart former CNN personality Lou Dobbs, who I hear does magic shows at Tea Party events now to pay the bills. Enjoy!

 

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 Dec. 11, 2006, interview with Charlie Rose; an Oct. 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, transforming it into an Alamo moment for those circles. Dobbs first discussed California's shuttered hospitals in a June 8, 2005, interview with Madeleine Cosman, who had just published the essay "Illegal Aliens and American Medicine" 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."

Cosman's paper claimed that 60 California hospitals shut down between 1993 and 2003 and that "84 California hospitals are closing their doors," using a Sept. 24, 2004, Los Angeles Times article as citation for the latter stat. Problema is, Times reporter Jia-Rui Chong never wrote such a thing and didn't even mention immigrants in her piece. Cosman, by the way, is the same "expert" who claimed illegal immigrants introduced 7,000 leprosy cases to the United States over the past three years, a fallacy repeated as fact on Dobbs' show that he later retracted. And earlier this year [2007], the pendejo stated on Lou Dobbs Tonight, "We would never have used [Cosman] as a source if we had known of her controversial background" when he aired her leprous lie.

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 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"—10 percent too much, , but hardly the invasion the now-dead Cosman and still-whining Dobbs want Americans to believe. Strangely, Dobbs has yet to mention Okie's article.

 
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12 comments
SandraFluke
SandraFluke

As long as I get my free birth control pills what difference does it make?

I_have_black_muslim_immunity
I_have_black_muslim_immunity

Owebama is a true racist. Why does the US President hate the advancement of the standard of living for Mexico’s poor? Barrack Hussein Obama; how dare you deprive Mexico these young educated and motivated illegal Mexican Occupiers? Aren’t Mexican citizens the greatest assets Mexico has? Why rob Mexico of these assets? These US educated and motivated illegal alien occupiers (brought to the US as babies) now in the US are the only hope for Mexico and you want to keep them here in the US. They could start businesses, create jobs, and improve the standard of living for the poor people of Mexico. Yet you want to be selfish and deprive Mexico of these talented youth who could make life better for all the people of Mexico. SHAME ON YOU! Have you no compassion for the poor now living in Mexico? Gustavo Arellano, Steve Gallardo, Nicky Diaz Santillan, and La Raza need to insist that all these young educated and talented Mexicans be sent back to Mexico to help improve the standard of living for the poor Mexicans. Are you with us for the good of Mexico and its people?

I_have_black_muslim_immunity
I_have_black_muslim_immunity

Bronco Bama will give us undocumented immigrants US citizenship. Stop fighting it. Soon all the Mixteca will join us latinos in the US. The The Quest for Aztlan will be real and we Mexicans will over run the US. We will keep some white people as our laborers and torment them. Viva La Revolucion. Viva La Raza.

thom2342003
thom2342003

This article shows that denial isn't just a river in Egypt.

SinCityFinancier
SinCityFinancier

So the question isn't if illegal aliens are bankrupting hospitals with their sense of entitlement to endless free maternity and other healthcare on the US taxpayers dime but the exact number of hospitals that have.  Symantics.

jayem
jayem

My muchos apologies for this Best Of edition—I'm still in the rancho getting faded on the Herradura and stuffed with tamales, pozole, birria and empanadas . =(Too Lazy to wright the article.)

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

now this from the LATIMES regarding voters in LA...."in a city that often votes along ethnic lines." but I thought they just come here to work....now you're telling me they'll vote along racial lines and not become part of the melting pot. hmmmmmm doesn't sound right to me.

transam19992003
transam19992003

When you can't refute an opposing reply, just delete it. Cowards.

mrbigkwd
mrbigkwd

@transam19992003 i agree the mexicunts are pure cowards for being here and not trying to build mexico,lazy people thats for sure


 
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