How many illegal immigrants?
Regarding “More than 1 million Texas children lack insurance coverage: study,” Modernhealthcare.com, April 8: Having 1 million children without healthcare coverage is a travesty. But here are the questions:
Are all of these children from families that are in the U.S. legally? If not, why is it U.S. taxpayers’ responsibility to provide care? What care is available to them in their home countries if they are not here legally? If these children are, with their parents, here legally, then yes, we should help. Even in New Jersey, we have problems with providing care for those from foreign lands without insurance or Medicaid.
This gets to the heart of what the U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide. Only hospitals in the U.S. have to provide care—albeit emergency care—to all who need it, even if those at present do not have the ability to pay. What other non-governmental business or organization has that responsibility? Paul Goldberg Libertyhealth Jersey City, N.J.