Beleaguered Bay State and U.S. taxpayers coughed up a staggering $35.7 million this year in free emergency health care for more than 52,000 illegal aliens in Massachusetts, sparking outrage from candidates and critics who back a tougher line on immigration.
The figures – released by Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration under an order for the Secretary of State’s office and after more than a month of ducking questions – show illegal immigrants who belong to MassHealth Limited received $33.8 million in taxpayer-funded in-patient hospital care this year.
They also made 6,160 visits to the state’s overburdened emergency rooms in the fiscal year ending in June for an additional cost of $1.9 million, a Herald analysis shows.
The figures show 69 percent of the state’s MassHealth Limited subscribers are illegal immigrants. The state is projected to pay $13.7 million of the cost of the health-care program this year, while federal Medicaid picks up the other $22 million.
I’ve got a question: if the state knows they’re illegal when they receive the care, what is being done to deport them after they receive it?
For my friends on the Left, $35 million puts a lot of teachers in the classroom, cops on the street and firemen putting out fires. Don’t tell me there’s no place to save money to pay for these core services. The very fact that these illegals have broken the law simply by being here seems to get lost on the Loony Left. When an illegal receives taxpayer-funded services the first step after learning they’re illegal should be a denial of services (unless a truly emergency medical situation – I’m not completely heartless), followed quickly by a deportation hearing. Period.