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Disease can’t tell between rich and poor


I would like to bring up the suggestion today of public health as a unifying benefit to be derived from our attention to the three challenges of immigration, socialized medicine and due in not cutting entitlements, which might lead to homelessness and compromised immune systems in affected individuals.

First, I would like to suggest that some of our illegals don’t come from Latin cultures. They could come from Africa, Southeast Asia or anywhere that poor diet, exposure to the elements or overcrowding makes then a target for malaria, smallpox, Ebola or drug-resistant tuberculosis. I understand there is a scary SARS-like virus in the Middle East, which is not well understood.

Whose fault would it be if we arrange for groups who can’t afford help when they are sick, who don’t dare show themselves at a doctor’s office due to lack of documentation or who live in the rain and eat out of garbage cans because we have cut unemployment and food stamps?

Some infectious diseases are returning in strength and some are mutated and resistant. We no longer vaccinate smallpox because we are so sure we don’t need to. Many of these horrors are airborne.

When we choose some groups to enjoy health and choose some groups to be denied, who is to say that the microbes involved line up to respect our preferences? A CEO’s daughter can end up sick from these diseases just as easily.

Jane Oradat


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