by Max Brantley
Looks to me like immigrants contribute a great deal more to the economy than they cost, though the story doesn't pitch it that way. Rep. Jon Woods faithfully provided the legislative discussion of this topic with the sneering idiocy of the day. He offered a meaningless anecdote about an immigrant who tried to establish residency with a hotel room address. Some right-wing doctor was horrified.
Guess what, Jon and Doc. Street address isn't the criterion on which Medicaid eligibility is based. And get around. Some real Americans, rootless and underemployed, often live in cheap motels and they qualify for Medicaid. In a compassionate world -- indeed in the rest of the industrialized world -- nobody is denied medical care on account of country of origin. Or for being homeless.