Illegal Immigrants In MA Have Received $35.7 Million In Health Care This Year

Courtesy of you and me.

(photo credit: Boston Herald)

Beleaguered Bay State and U.S. taxpayers coughed up a staggering $35.7 million this year in free emergency health care for more than 52,000 illegal aliens in Massachusetts, sparking outrage from candidates and critics who back a tougher line on immigration.

The figures — released by Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration under an order for the Secretary of State’s office and after more than a month of ducking questions — show illegal immigrants who belong to MassHealth Limited received $33.8 million in taxpayer-funded in-patient hospital care this year.

They also made 6,160 visits to the state’s overburdened emergency rooms in the fiscal year ending in June for an additional cost of $1.9 million, a Herald analysis shows.

And how’s this for breathtaking arrogance?  Cadillac Deval won’t let anyone from his admininstration talk about the  rage-inducing numbers.

The Patrick administration, which supplied the figures last week, refused to make state health insurance officials available to discuss them.

But critics were quick to blast the huge medical bill being footed by hard-pressed, law-abiding taxpayers.

“Incorporating illegal immigrants into any type of government-sponsored health care is legitimizing their presence here,’’ said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the conservative Center for Immigration Studies, which favors stricter immigration policies. “It’s a kind of piecemeal amnesty.’’

Added state Rep. Robert Hedlund (R-Weymouth), “It’s just another example in this state of working people paying the bills, and some people availing themselves of the benefits we have in the commonwealth.’’

REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER.

Barney Frank Has Accepted $40,000 In Donations From Bailed Out Banks

And there’s more – are you sitting down for this shocka?  This comes after he swore he wouldn’t take a dime from banks that received TARP (aka YOUR) money.

Frank vowed in February 2009 that he wouldn’t accept campaign donations from banks that received money under the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) or political action committees tied to such institutions.

But Frank has hauled in thousands from top execs at Bank of America, Citizens Bank, Wainwright Bank, JP Morgan Chase and other institutions that received billions in TARP money.

Just yesterday, Frank made new campaign finance disclosures showing he received $17,000 from top executives of Bank of America — including $2,000 from CEO Brian Moynihan. B of A received $45 billion in bailout money. In all, Frank has hauled in at least $27,000 since 2009 from bank execs — and $13,000 from PACs — connected to banks that received TARP funding, including:

• $5,000 earlier this month from the Bank of America Corp. Federal PAC;

• $10,000 in August and September from the Bipartisan PAC/ Bank of New York Mellon Corp.; Mellon received $3 billion from TARP;

• $2,000 in June 2009 from the Financial Services Roundtable PAC, which counts TARP recipients B of A, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo among its members; and

• $1,000 in March from U.S. Bancorp PAC; the Minnesota-based bank received more than $6 billion in TARP funds.

Of course Bawney is trying to spin this as a mistake in semantics only.

In a statement last night, a Frank spokesman said the congressman has declined to take contributions only from the top 10 TARP recipients, but he noted he would accept donations from those institutions once they repaid their debts.

How big of him. 

Remember in Novemeber.

Deval Patrick’s Wife Has Aide To “Coordinate” Her Appearances On Taxpayer Dime

Groundhog day comes early to Massachusetts.

In a stunning rerun of one of Gov. Deval Patrick’s early embarrassing Beacon Hill stumbles, first lady Diane Patrick once again has a taxpayer-funded aide to coordinate her official appearances, the Herald has learned.

Patrick communications director Kyle Sullivan confirmed that Rose Arruda, who makes $55,000 a year to run Patrick’s ribbon cuttings and speaking engagements across the state, also works on up to 52 events a year for the governor’s wife, who’s a lawyer at the prestigious Hub firm Ropes & Gray.

Republicans immediately seized on the news — which comes almost four years after Patrick’s disastrous decision to hire a $72,000 chief of staff for the first lady in the first few months of his term. The aide resigned in March 2007 after public outrage over her hire.

Sullivan defended the move, saying, “The great majority of her time is spent on staffing Gov. Patrick at official events. Occasionally she will also assist Mrs. Patrick when she is attending an event in her capacity as first lady.”

Arruda, who identifies herself as a “staff person for First Lady Diane Patrick” on her Linked In profile, also assists Diane Patrick on the campaign trail, but only on her own personal time, Sullivan said.

Pu-leeze.  Since when does a hack on Beacon Hill do anything on their own personal time?  

Remember in November.

Sweet. Chris Christie Will Campaign For Charlie Baker In Massachusetts

Whiney teachers and hecklers beware.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who wrested control of the governor’s office from Democrats in that state, will campaign for Republican Charles Baker in Melrose Sunday morning. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for a rally at memorial Hall, 590 Main Street.

The rally will be held in the district represented by Baker’s running mate, veteran lawmaker Sen. Richard Tisei.

Christie always brings Teh Awesome and this could provide a nice boost for Baker as he hits the home stretch.

Click here for some vintage Christie for your viewing pleasure.

Finally. Rat Fink Cahill Pulls Lottery Ad As Marsha Coakley “Investigates” Collusion

Better late than never.  Tim Cahill finally pulled his taxpayer-funded state lottery ads last night after Marsha Coakley hauled Lottery officials into her office and then called on him to do so.  It must have killed her.  After all, a vote for the rat fink equals a vote for her pal, Deval.

Treasurer Tim Cahill agreed last night to stop running taxpayer-funded Lottery ads, hours after Attorney General Martha Coakley called on the embattled candidate to do so, after the release of explosive e-mails and texts that appear to show Cahill’s campaign staff working with the state agency to boost his sagging gubernatorial bid.

Late yesterday, Coakley told Cahill’s office she wanted the ads to come down until after the election.

“(To) avoid even the appearance of impropriety, we have informed the Lottery that we believe they should take the advertising down or postpone the ads until after the election,’’ press secretary Melissa Karpinsky said.

A source told the Herald the attorney general yesterday pulled in two top Lottery officials, the director of marketing and the legal counsel, and urged them to pull down the ads.

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Earlier in the day, GOP attorney general candidate Jim McKenna had urged Coakley, a Democrat, to go to court to halt the Lottery ads, noting the apparent coordination between Cahill’s campaign and Lottery staff.

The messages came out Wednesday in a high-stakes lawsuit that Cahill filed against former campaign aides he accuses of sabotaging his long-shot bid.

Cahill consultant Dane Strother sent a text to campaign manager Adam Meldrum on July 27 telling him: “Yes on lottery ads and he has plenty of money.”

An e-mail from Strother to Meldrum later that day outlines agenda items topped by “Get the Lottery immediately cutting a spot and get it up … Needs to focus on the lottery being the best in the country and above reproach.”

The same e-mail also asks how much is in the treasurer’s abandoned property publicity account.

Don’t get too excited about Marsha’s alleged investigation unless the feds take over.  We all know how her last email-gate investigation ended.

Boston Globe Columnist: Hey, let’s avoid losing a congressional seat by taking in millions of illegal immigrants!

This might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read in the Boston Globe – and that is saying a lot.  No matter that they are criminals and a drain on our society, this tool wants millions of them to flood our state to preserve a congressional seat.  Oh, and in case you were wondering, it’s our fault they are called illegal because we have made it too hard to come here and feed off of the public trough.

The relative decline of our population compared to the rest of the nation has been the source of much soul-searching. Why don’t people want to live in Massachusetts? Some blame the weather, an unpersuasive answer if you’ve ever spent a summer in a growing state such as Georgia. Others blame our politics, our high housing costs, our taxes, and even our economy (it’s geared to college grads, and hence shuts out those of lower skills).

Solution: Illegal immigrants. Each member of Congress represents about 647,000 people. Get a few million immigrants to move to Massachusetts, and we’d start to get some muscle.

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Which is what puzzles me about this paroxysm of anti-immigrant rage that has swept the nation, a paroxysm that has even made its way into Massachusetts’s gubernatorial elections. Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker has taken a tough line, supporting Arizona’s mean-spirited immigration law, ripping incumbent Deval Patrick for “siding with immigrants,’’ and vowing to put the State Police to work enforcing immigration laws. Patrick has been far better on the issue, but even as he decries “hate-mongering,’’ he agrees that “illegal immigration is a serious national problem.’’

No, it’s not.

Let’s deal first with this obsession over the word “illegal.’’ There is an easy assumption that “illegal’’ equates to immorality. But illegal immigrants are illegal because we have made it much harder today to be legal than it once was (did the Pilgrims ever have to show the Wampanoags their green cards?). Being illegal doesn’t make you a bad person any more than dropping the speed limit to 10 miles per hour would suddenly make those driving faster bad drivers. Indeed, if mere “illegality’’ was truly the issue, then you’d expect to see the anti-immigrant crowd pushing to loosen immigration rules.

Warped logic.