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I am watching Don Lemon on CNN and he is trying to ask his "expert" guests why Thomas Eric Duncan was sent home from a hospital in Dallas, Texas, even when he had informed healthcare personnel that he was sick and had just come into the country from Liberia.
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Granted that Duncan had said on his airport travel form that he had had no contact with an Ebola patient in the last 21 days, he probably said that so that he won't be denied the chance to travel. Truthfully, given the spread of Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia, and the fact that people move about freely in the capital, how would anyone honestly know that they had not been in contact with an infected person?
This question as to why Duncan was sent home, when he should have obviously been a red flag is being asked over and over on cable news channels and most of the "experts" do not seem to have an answer. Many are stupefied that health personnel at the hospital were not even able to connect the dots. Here was a fellow from Liberia presenting with fever, who was just given a prescription for antibiotics and told to go home. Why did this happen? This is the big question and all the experts do not have an answer. Well let me help by giving them the common man's answer in one phrase; health insurance!!!
Texas is a bastion of Tea Party politics. Texas governor Rick Perry and other Tea Party champions believe that affordable access to health insurance will be a magnet for illegal immigrants. Every single move made by the American government to provide access to affordable health care to low income people has been discouraged by states like Texas. Authorities in states like these feel it is better to protect the economy than ensure that all Americans have access to health care.
Even though anybody going to a hospital in America should be treated regardless of health insurance status, the treatment meted out to individuals without health insurance has to be seen to be believed.
Duncan was just in the country and obviously did not have health insurance. He was also in Texas which probably has no state insurance exchange because Governor Rick Perry is a tea party hero who cares more about the federal deficit than the health care of poor citizens. Providing affordable health care is big government. To big men like Governor Perry who get their health management ideas from listening to the wisdom of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, helping people like Duncan to have access to affordable health care is an unnecessary entitlement.
Duncan and his family probably could not afford to pay out of pocket for lab tests. So all that may have been done for him was to write a prescription for antibiotics, send him home, and hope that he has money to buy the antibiotics out of pocket and hopefully get better. If not, then good luck.
This case shows why the moves by conservatives to deny health care to illegal immigrants is terribly counterproductive. If an immigrant, legal or illegal comes into the country and has no access to affordable healthcare, these are some of the social costs that society will have to contend with in the future. Duncan was left to go home, possibly exposing scores of people to a deadly virus. The cost to society far exceeds whatever that state of Texas would have saved by not treating him like any other resident with health insurance.
People like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Bill Oreilly will go on their media platforms and rail against affordable healthcare because they are millionaires and can pay for any healthcare, no matter how expensive, even if they have to do so out of their own pockets. For these people, their dream is to see a repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act. To the common man however, access to health care is the only barrier to bankruptcy in cases of medical crisis.
So the only people who are surprised by what happened down in Dallas, Texas are those who are out of touch with the problems of health care for low income people in USA.