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Health Care Reform Arizona Question & Answers

2013 December 26
by Sarah Fields

Donna asks…

When are Americans going to reform the warehousing of the elderly?

Not talking about the government, I’m talking about the American people, actually taking care of their elderly, by providing food, shelter, and involvement in society. In the years I did meals on wheels, I saw more social workers than I did relatives.
Men should be just as involved as women. I’m not blaming anybody, I’m blaming everybody.

Sarah Fields answers:

You’ve gotten great answers thus far and I agree with all of them. Those who have jobs today, are working as many as they can squeeze into a day. Then there are those who can barely afford to live their lives not to mention those who have lost everything themselves. These people are in no way able to take care of anyone. Who really wants to become a ward of the State, anyway? For that is what it is in all reality. The cost to stay in a nursing home is limited by insurance carriers and even by Medicare.

My mother-in-law was faced with this very situation. She had a small stroke (if there is such a thing) associated with a fall. She could not get up and did not have her phone with her so she sat there lodged between the stool and the wall (it’s a small bathroom) for 14 hours. She spent a week in the hospital and over a month in a nursing home of which she had to pay for the last week since medicare had reached its limit. To stay in the nursing home would have eaten up her savings faster than she normally would have to dip into it. Besides the fact that she wanted to go home and there was no medical reason to keep her in the home any longer.

Anyway, she went home and my wife has been going there daily to tend to her. We have had physical therapy people and nurses coming to visit her nearly every day but she did not like strangers coming into her home and insisted we stop it. She still cannot walk but can transfer from her “power chair” to her lift chair to sleep in. This is her choice as we moved a bed into a room for her to get into but she refuses to do that. We have offered to get her to use a hospital bed and she refused that too. She insists on spend most of the day in her power chair which is causing sores on her legs, as they need to be elevated.

My wife recently retired and we have made plans and arrangements to spend the winter in Arizona. My wife needs to get away as the stress of taking care of her mother is ruining her health. My wife will break out in tears at times when I speak to her from all this stress.

So while we are gone, arrangements have been made for her care to the best as we can foresee. But in all likelihood, we know that she will probably end up back in the hospital and we will have to return.

Would you consider this a case of warehousing if she were to go into a nursing home?

Helen asks…

Why is Congressman Ron Paul not popular with the Republican Party?

Congressman Ron Paul is a Republican Congressman from Texas 14th Congressional District and was a candidate for the Republican Nomination for President of the United States of America in 2008 (that went to Arizona Senator John McCain). Paul is a congressional leader who does not support raising taxes, is not in favor of the Democrats plan for a government takeover of health care and he believes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should be eliminated. Paul also believes that the United States should not be in Iraq when many Republicans favor the presence of the United States being in Iraq.

Although Paul shares many of the ideas of the Republican Party like tax cuts, reforming health care and being pro-life, Republicans are not fond of Paul. Is there are reason why Congressman Ron Paul is not always popular with his fellow colleagues in the Republican Party?

Sarah Fields answers:

Ron Paul is more of a libertarian. He is for drastically small government. Some republicans in government don’t want small government, they are part of government. Others agree with Paul, but know if Ron Paul’s ideas hit the mainstream, the guy is unelectable. I’m saying this and I agree 100% with Ron Paul. But you aren’t going to win an election by telling people you are not only going to gut the military (which got him a lot of support last election,) but you are going to gut social security, gut the departments of education, housing, human services, medicare, etc. All this didn’t come to light last election. To a lot of anti-Bush people, he was the republican who was against the war. I had to laugh at these fools who said, well If I can’t vote for Ron Paul, I’ll vote for Obama. Obama and Ron Paul are about as diametrically opposed to each other on the political spectrum as you can get.

Thomas asks…

Who has a stricter law on illegal aliens Arizona or Mexico?

Mexican President Felipe Calderon has accused Arizona of opening the door “to intolerance, hate, discrimination and abuse in law enforcement.” But Arizona has nothing on Mexico when it comes to cracking down on illegal aliens. While open-borders activists decry new enforcement measures signed into law in “Nazi-zona” last week, they remain deaf, dumb or willfully blind to the unapologetically restrictionist policies of our neighbors to the south.

The Arizona law bans sanctuary cities that refuse to enforce immigration laws, stiffens penalties against illegal alien day laborers and their employers, makes it a misdemeanor for immigrants to fail to complete and carry an alien registration document, and allows the police to arrest immigrants unable to show documents proving they are in the U.S. legally. If those rules constitute the racist, fascist, xenophobic, inhumane regime that the National Council of La Raza, Al Sharpton, Catholic bishops and their grievance-mongering followers claim, then what about these regulations and restrictions imposed on foreigners?

— The Mexican government will bar foreigners if they upset “the equilibrium of the national demographics.” How’s that for racial and ethnic profiling?

— If outsiders do not enhance the country’s “economic or national interests” or are “not found to be physically or mentally healthy,” they are not welcome. Neither are those who show “contempt against national sovereignty or security.” They must not be economic burdens on society and must have clean criminal histories. Those seeking to obtain Mexican citizenship must show a birth certificate, provide a bank statement proving economic independence, pass an exam and prove they can provide their own health care.

— Illegal entry into the country is equivalent to a felony punishable by two years’ imprisonment. Document fraud is subject to fine and imprisonment; so is alien marriage fraud. Evading deportation is a serious crime; illegal re-entry after deportation is punishable by ten years’ imprisonment. Foreigners may be kicked out of the country without due process and the endless bites at the litigation apple that illegal aliens are afforded in our country (see, for example, President Obama’s illegal alien aunt — a fugitive from deportation for eight years who is awaiting a second decision on her previously rejected asylum claim).

— Law enforcement officials at all levels — by national mandate — must cooperate to enforce immigration laws, including illegal alien arrests and deportations. The Mexican military is also required to assist in immigration enforcement operations. Native-born Mexicans are empowered to make citizens’ arrests of illegal aliens and turn them in to authorities.

— Ready to show your papers? Mexico’s National Catalog of Foreigners tracks all outside tourists and foreign nationals. A National Population Registry tracks and verifies the identity of every member of the population, who must carry a citizens’ identity card. Visitors who do not possess proper documents and identification are subject to arrest as illegal aliens.

All of these provisions are enshrined in Mexico’s Ley General de Población (General Law of the Population) and were spotlighted in a 2006 research paper published by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Security Policy. There’s been no public clamor for “comprehensive immigration reform” in Mexico, however, because pro-illegal alien speech by outsiders is prohibited.

Sarah Fields answers:

Well, I”m pretty sure in Mexico if they find us there illegally, they would shoot us and shove our bodies under the rug. They’re supposed to jail us but I’m pretty sure they just do whatever they want over there. SO my answer is Mexico!

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