Bryanna Bevens` piece about health care for illegals
and have something of interest to add.
Briefly, my father in law passed away in January 2006
after a stay of a few hours at St. Joseph`s Hospital.
The charges amounted to $3,270.90. However, we
subsequently discovered that
Medicare had reimbursed the hospital $6,109.76.
After much hell raising and reports to the Medicare
Fraud Division, we finally got a letter from J.D. Smith,
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in
Philadelphia stating in part that: "Since 1983,
Medicare hospital inpatient services have been paid on a
prospective payment basis without a direct correlation
to the actual cost incurred".
The letter went on to say: "In addition to the
Inpatient Prospective Payment System, if the hospital
treats a high percentage of low income patients, which
St. Joseph`s does, it [the hospital] also
receives a percentage add-on payment applied to the
Diagnosis Related Group-adjusted base payment rate".
Both the hospital and
Medicare were extremely reluctant to offer a further
explanation for the bill.
To me, this translates to
taxpayers subsidizing illegal aliens and welfare
If Medicare is paying double what the actual
hospitals charges, this is a huge and hidden
rip off of the American taxpayer.
I have all the documentation and will be happy to share
a Marine Corps veteran and former law enforcement
Houston Chronicle devoted two pages of the City
Section to the rise of "curanderas",
santeria priestesses and various herb shops in the "thriving
and vibrant immigrant enclaves" of Houston, once
middle class neighborhoods that now resemble Tijuana
Not a critical word for such practices as rubbing an egg
on one`s tummy to cure the evil eye. No calling all of
this nonsense what it is: primitive superstition and
The chairman of the
University of Houston`s Sociology Department,
Nestor Rodriguez, the story`s professional Hispanic,
stated that the immigrants were reproducing their
culture here. [E-mail Rodriguez
Exactly. Welcome to the
Third World, America.
Crowley, a native
Texan, is an attorney. Read his previous letter about
Re: Joe Guzzardi`s
Mayor Michael Bloomberg: Rude, Crude and Dangerous To
worked for Mike at Bloomberg Financial Markets from May
1991 – March 1993. I was around him about one hour every
day and never heard any of those crude jokes Guzzardi
I was glad that
Bloomberg was so involved in the company. He knew
everyone`s name and rarely got angry. He is a genius,
easily the smartest person I`ve ever met.
Bloomberg is an extremely generous person and gave
gladly to charity. Mike also established his own
charities as well. Although he could be gruff, Bloomberg
many women and put them in powerful positions. He
empowered employees to make their own decisions, trusted
them and paid them handsomely.
Bloomberg did make those jokes circa 1990, it`s 16
years later now.
vulgar may make a sensational article. But it doesn`t
ring true for me.
Stebbins, who currently lives in Pennsylvania, is a
website designer pursuing a graduate degree in Library
and Information Science.
poll on whether or not people in the U.S. think
immigration is a serious problem:
41%: "Yes, it is a
59%: "No hablo
received this post from his father in California who, in
turn, got it via his friend in Florida. What two more
appropriate states for a joke like that to originate?