I can't seem to copy a clean version of the article... In a nutshell, a man named Jesus is an illegal immigrant who needs a kidney transplant. He worked in the U.S. for 14 years, apparently paying taxes, and was covered by his employer's insurance. His wife is willing to donate her kidney, so he's not taking a needed kidney away from anyone else. He lost his job last year because of his illness, but is still covered by insurance under COBRA, which only lasts for 18 months even if he can keep up with the payments. Because he's illegal, he doesn't qualify for Medicare which normally helps pay for the lifelong medications that transplant patients need to take. The hospital is considering whether to go ahead with the transplant or not, and has emphasized that the decision is NOT over whether he's legal or not, but whether he can afford the follow-up care which runs tens of thousands of dollars a year. Should citizenship matter in healthcare? Shouldn't someone who needs a kidney, and who has a compatible, willing donor, be able to get the transplant? Shouldn't the necessary drugs be provided to *humans* rather than citizens? Or should we just send him back to Mexico to die?
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