Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Live Free or Die

So, first there's this:
Mexico City Hopes to Lure Chicagoans by Touting Cheaper Health Care

Banking on worries over rising health costs in the U.S., government and hospital officials in Mexico City are courting Chicagoans searching for affordable medical care.

On Wednesday, about a dozen Chicago health professionals and several others embarked on a health care tour of Mexico City, part of a campaign to raise that city's profile as a center for medical tourism. The campaign is aimed at residents in Chicago and other cities with large Mexican immigrant populations who need cancer treatment, heart surgeries, dental procedures and other health care.
And then this:
Undocumented Quadriplegic Sent Back to Mexico Dies

An undocumented immigrant who was paralyzed in a construction accident and deported in 2010 against his will to Mexico because he could not pay his Illinois hospital bill died over the weekend, activists confirmed to Efe on Monday.

Quelino Ojeda Jiménez, 24, died at 2:00 a.m. Sunday at a hospital in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, said Jesus Vargas, an immigrants' rights activist in Chicago.
We're not sure what comes out looking worse: Mexican healthcare, American healthcare, or the utterly depraved immigration policies of the United States. Two-for-one margaritas are looking pretty good, though.

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