Some years back, Larry a co-worker of mine lost his mother to kidney disease. She was undergoing dialysis three times a week and had been on a transplant list for several years. Then his dad lost his job and medical coverage when the company he worked for went out of business. They spent the next month frantically trying to get help from someone, anyone and found no one.
His dad sold his house and almost everything he owned and his parents moved in with him, his wife and three kids. They did the best they could in the little three bedroom house. As their medical bills hit the $100,000 mark, his dad received a call that they had a donor for a kidney transplant, but when the hospital learned that they no longer had insurance or any way to pay for the outstanding medical bills, let alone an expensive transplant, they apologized and said they couldn’t help her. Additionally, they regretted having to stop the dialysis, but said they could no longer provide the service without payment.
Three weeks later, Larry’s mom died from her kidney disease. He told me that the last few weeks had been torture as they watched her suffer with the intense pain, knowing that she would soon die because they couldn’t afford her care or transplant.
I hadn’t thought about that for some time until I read a recent article from the Chicago Tribune about an illegal alien who received a kidney transplant. Jorge Mariscal is in the United States illegally, which is a felony. He has been on the kidney transplant list for eight years. Mariscal does not have health insurance. When a suitable donor kidney was found, Loyola University Medical Center said they would perform the transplant at no cost to him.
After the transplant, he will need to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of his life. Those drugs can cost up to $10,000 per year. He has applied to the Simon Bolivar Foundation, a medical non-profit group for a grant. If they agree, it will only cover his medication for one year. After that time, he doesn’t know what he is going to do.
Mariscal is using his case to push for healthcare benefits for illegal aliens, saying:
“Why can’t we be treated the same? Health care should be a human right, not a privilege. At least give us the chance to fight for our lives with dignity.”
The article went on to report of a pair of brothers, also illegal aliens that have a genetic liver disorder and are on the liver transplant list.
My heart goes out to everyone with such diseases and health issues, and I don’t want to sound unchristian, but I get a burr under my saddle when American citizens can’t get the help they need and illegals not only get the help, but insist that they are entitled to it, regardless of the fact that they are committing a felony by being here in the US. I grew up hearing that charity begins at home. We need to take care of our own people before we start taking care of illegals. In truth, they don’t have the right to demand or insist on anything except for a free ride back to the border.
I also understand that it’s not the government that is helping them at this point, but it was a choice that Loyola made. But I ask Loyola if there were any US citizens in their area in need of a transplant or any other lifesaving procedure that was turned down because lack of medical coverage or ability to pay?
Who is going to help Mariscal once his grant from the Simon Bolivar Foundation runs out? Will he end up getting disability from the US or other benefits?
I’m over sixty and I don’t have health insurance and cannot get it because of a pre-existing condition. If anything serious happens to me, I know that no one will come riding to my rescue, so I have instructed my family that if and when that time comes, I’m saying goodbyes and ready to meet my Lord and Savior. I don’t want to be a financial burden to my wife or anyone else, and I don’t believe illegal aliens should be a financial burden on US tax payers either. That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it.