Should free health clinics be available to illegal immigrants?

@sedel1027 (17855)
United States
January 31, 2007 10:17pm CST
I live right outside of New Orleans in an area that was not hit hard by Katrina. On the other side of New Orleans, it is a different story. 801% or more of th epopulation has not even returned or even attempted to rebuild. In this area there has been a health care group (non-profit) that has been offering reduced cost health care. Today through Friday they are offering free medical and dental care. The many of people in line for the free services are illegal immigrants. Since these people voluntarily came to this area to do construction work, do you think they should be allowed access to free health care, or should they have to pay for their medical care like someone without insurance would do?
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@estherlou (5020)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I'm torn...it's hard to decide what to think. I do know we have to pay almost $250 a month for health insurance for just the 2 of us! We have several free clinics in our area also, and a lot of illegals use them. I think if they are going to work here, they should be paying taxes like we are and not getting free health care.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I agree. I think that if they are wrking they should be paying taxes. I think it is okay for people who really are poor and/or cannot afford or get health insurance for some reason to use the free clinics. I get frustrated when I see people taking advantage of what is available, especially here. There are people who are living in their homes without power because the power company cannot turn it on and they need the health care, but yet people are taking advantage of it! It is so bad down here. I wish people could see. One of the clinic workers said on the news that many of the volunteers have stated that the people here are the sickest people they have ever seen.
@Geminigirl (1909)
• United States
4 Feb 07
I think free health clinics should be avail. to everyone.
@Sailor (1161)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Yes, many or some dropped what they had or didn't have to come there. In addition, you must remember that by them getting health care that benefits you. Many diseases are able to be spread so by them getting early help it is possible to prevent some of this. Besides, if you sit back and look at the political picture, the Govt. would send some of them aid anyway. So at least the ones getting help in this case if I am correct have provided aid to your community.