2013 December 14 Saturday
Illegal Aliens Going To Shut Connecticut Emergency Rooms

The numbers of "Undocumented immigrants" (and, btw, Sonia Sotomayor once accidentally got accurate and called them illegal immigrants) in Connecticut are reaching such numbers that they are going to start causing cutbacks in emergency rooms in Connecticut hospitals. Another example of how progress is not inevitable.

Hey there people of Connecticut. I realize you are told by elites to celebrate diversity. But it is important for you to understand what low skilled illegal immigrants are going to do to your access to emergency care services. Think about your risks in event of a car accident, a heart attack, or some other life threatening event. From 1985 to 2003 Los Angeles went from having 22 to just 13 emergency services departments. From 1998 to 2007 California lost 14 emergency departments. The Los Angeles Times provides a useful emergency room finder web page for SoCal residents. Connecticut will eventually need such a web page.

Why do illegal aliens cause slashing of emergency services care? As Peter Schaeffer has pointed out, health care costs in America come out to about $12 per hour worked. Take the total health care costs in America and divide by total hours worked. The cost per hour is shockingly high. A large fraction of the American public (probably more than half) do not pay enough taxes to fund their lifetime health care costs.

When deciding where to live consider future emergency department availability. This problem is going to increase the value of living in an area with really expensive real estate. If poor illegal aliens can't afford to concentrate in large numbers then you'll still have access to good emergency care.

But a problem remains: travel away from home. If you are on a road trip and a drunk driver or a trucker asleep at the wheel plows into your car the top notch trauma specialists near your home won't be any help if you happen to get whacked in an area with lots of Medicaid recipients and uninsured illegals.

In the USA health care spending in 2014 is expected to rise by 6.1%. Health care costs will become an even bigger burden as they rise an expected 5.8% annually thru 2022. Depending on population growth, the labor market participation rate, and the rate of overall inflation the health care cost per hour worked could hit $15 or more per hour.

Given the big decline in labor force participation rate each year the remaining workers have to pay more to support everyone else. We need more really high income workers to support the masses. If the masters of the welfare state want to keep it growing they are going to have to forcefully steer smart people toward more productive work. Fewer in non-profits and fewer in college professor positions and more in engineering and corporate management. Got to make the money needed to support the masses.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 December 14 11:43 AM 

Viral Ideas said at December 14, 2013 1:10 PM:

And now Google is going to do evil:


radical centrist blogger said at December 14, 2013 4:13 PM:

will white americans rise up in the streets and fight back against these invaders and their treasonous collaborators?

Randall Parker said at December 14, 2013 7:33 PM:

Viral Ideas,

Is your complaint that robots will cut the demand for low skilled workers? Or what exactly do you think is evil about developing robots?


Short answer: no.

My advice: develop liberal arguments for policies you favor. Also, develop new policy ideas that liberals will buy off on that will help what you perceive to be your interests. I realize you might see yourself as a liberal. But you are not that kind of liberal that now dominates the Democratic Party. The old Democratic Party has died. Mourn its passing. I certainly do. But adjust to it when you make arguments.

ftp said at December 14, 2013 7:50 PM:

The top elites will no doubt maintain their sumptuous enclaves, forcing their illegal workers to commute for hours. Their canyon neighborhoods will be hard to reach for anyone who has no business there.

Randall Parker said at December 14, 2013 7:58 PM:


Moving the Overton Window is noble and glorious work if you can do it. But how? I mean, a lot of people learned propaganda in college and totally buy into the faith. Trying to pull them into reality is hard. You can't do it across the board.


Robots will slash the economic need for the least skilled workers (or, rather, unemployable ex-workers) to venture up into the canyons.

Randall Parker said at December 14, 2013 8:03 PM:


I'm thoroughly and deeply interested in any ideas you can come up with to move the Overton Window.

I think one way to move it is to raise the minimum wage to, say, $16 an hour and then watch governments and pundits try to come up with ways to the least motivated, least conscientious, and least talented capable of doing $16 per hour work. Make all work that expensive and watch employers suddenly become way more choosey on who they hire. It will be a laugh riot to watch.

What will move the Overton Window the most: really super cheap DNA sequencing. Knock another order of magnitude off of sequencing costs and the discoveries this will enable will cause a political earthquake.

radical centrist blogger said at December 14, 2013 8:34 PM:

randall, I have done it before. I started an anonymous anti-law school blog in 2008 that I have since taken down. But while it was up I got named and or linked in articles in many newspapers, including the NYTimes, WaPo, and WSJ. That blog was a major factor in the genesis of the law school scam movement, a movement that has been the major factor in a precipitous drop in law school enrollment in the past 3 years.

So, yes, I have done it before. This time my propaganda is much further outside the mainstream and so therefore it simply bounces off of the heads of the vast majority of americans online.

However, as happened during the very successful law school scam movement, a major part of the technique is to inject propaganda phrases and talking points into the mindspace and lexicon used by journalists.

There of course needs to be a logical basis for such injected propaganda and lexicon. The foundational basis for such logic is that the multiculti/mass immigration propaganda regime is based on corporate greed. This talking point/realization is already gaining a foothold among a certain of paleocon online readers and bloggers.

Every journey begins with a first step.

radical centrist blogger said at December 14, 2013 8:38 PM:

What will move the Overton Window the most: really super cheap DNA sequencing. Knock another order of magnitude off of sequencing costs and the discoveries this will enable will cause a political earthquake.

how so?

Randall Parker said at December 14, 2013 9:54 PM:


Law school blog versus a bigger step outside the mainstream that bounces off heads: Treat that as a lesson. List all the beliefs you want to change. Choose a few to work on. Use techniques that will work.

Lawyers aren't much liked. Plus, the law schools are just trade schools as compared to liberal arts colleges. They are easier targets. Look at all the stuff around multiculturalism and immigration. Find soft targets. I agree that corporate greed is a great thing to blame. My advice: find victims who strike sympathy in liberal minds. Publicize how they are being screwed. Assign blame to groups (billionaires, corporations) that are disliked by liberal media. The finding of victims is key. Personalize the struggle.

But the struggle is still going to be hard to do. Politicians on the Left have woodies over the fact that lower class immigrants vote for them. They'll screw the existing poor in order to get more votes from the newly arrived poor. Plus, there is ethnic loyalty that makes some support more immigration.

I'll give an example of why I think extensive discoveries on genetic variants will cause a political earthquake: Scientists will find many genetic variants that contribute to criminal behavior. Once hundreds or thousands of people can be labeled as, say, 60% likely to commit violent crimes this will cause debates about free will, environmental influences, and reproductive rights.

aandrews said at December 15, 2013 10:32 AM:

"Personalize the struggle."

I'd recommend reading Rules for Radicals, too. It's the left's play book.

"Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it."

George said at December 15, 2013 1:22 PM:

It will never be possible to find a person 60% likely to commit a crime because even a person heavily predisposed to criminal activity needs to be motivated to do so and elements in his environment are what provide that motivation. In other words you might find someone highly likely to commit crime in response to poverty, in response to personal abuse and provocation, etc, but never someone who is just "60% likely to commit a crime". And then a third factor that complicates things is that a person might have the genes for self-restraint or empathy as well as the genes that predispose to crime, so all three elements, the crime genes, the self-restraint genes, and the environmental genes, as well as a certain amount of irreducible randomness, will interact in complex ways making it almost impossible to predict who will commit a crime. And there are probably a lot more factors, too. The situation is likely way too complex. So I don't think we will ever be in a substantially different position from where we are today, where we know in a very general way that some people are more predisposed to crime than others but find it impossible to be any more precise than that.

James Bowery said at December 15, 2013 3:03 PM:

The Feds continue their attack on the 10th Amendment. First, they force Utah to outlaw polygyny and they force Utah to legalize it. The Feds just can't keep it in their pants.

ziel said at December 16, 2013 5:08 AM:

I'm wondering if this is just a new front in the venerable "Crops rotting in the fields" argument - reframed as "Emergency rooms inundated with undocumented immigrants"...so we'd better hurry up and legalize them so they can go to their local GP's instead.

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