a question for Michelle Malkin
Okay, so in her column today, Michelle Malkin writes:
Big Nanny Democrats want to ration health care for everyone in America – except those who break our immigration laws. Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee defeated an amendment that would have prevented illegal aliens from using the so-called “public health insurance option.” Every Democrat on the panel voted against the measure [….]
The solution is not to give them health insurance, but to turn off the magnets that draw them to enter illegally in the first place.
So what should we do with illegal immigrants then? Not treat them? Right now the cost of treating illegal immigrants falls on whatever hospital or clinic they happen to come into. Should we allow sick or dying people to be left on the doorsteps of health care centers because it is expensive to treat them and because they are illegal immigrants?
I’m not trying to be snarky. I realize this is a problem. There must be some sort of solution – some way to actually insure immigrants so that their catastrophic care does not fall so lopsided on the providers. I also realize, though, that this is an exaggerated issue. The health care costs of illegal immigrants, like many of the horror stories surrounding immigration, are way overblown.
And another thought I was having about free trade the other day is that really, when it all comes down, the only logical move from free trade is to open immigration, or at least more open immigration. That may seem like a problem, but if people really do believe in markets, in the organic nature of society, in the right of people to chose and shape their destinies, then it hardly seems like it is much of a threat. I know many illegal immigrants fill jobs that Americans won’t, and are paid pretty much the same as Americans would be (not in all cases, of course) and pay taxes on those wages and often never even receive the benefits of those taxes.
So I find Malkin’s arguments a little half-baked.