This is the Insurgent Radio Kiosk for Monday, January 6th
You probably haven’t heard about it, but there’s another mass migration coming across the US-Mexico border. However, these are not Central American families fleeing horrific conditions back home – only to be separated, incarcerated, traumatized, and demonized by the Trump Gang for seeking humanitarian asylum in our country.
Rather, these migrants are going the other way, from the USA into Mexican border towns, where they’re welcomed with open arms instead of armed guards. They are mostly working-class people seeking relief from our nation’s unaffordable, no-care healthcare system. As many as 6,000 a day travel to towns like Los Algodones, across from Yuma, Arizona, to get medical services and prescription drugs that are priced out of their reach here in the US. Nicknamed “Molar City,” Los Algodones has more dentists per capita than anywhere else in the world – quality dental work in Mexico averages two-thirds less than it costs here.
This is because the health system there prioritizes care over profits. Start with professional education, which is tuition-free in Mexico, meaning dentists and other healthcare providers don’t have to jack-up prices to cover a crushing load of student debt. Also, Mexico’s universal, tax-paid healthcare system doesn’t saddle patients with exorbitantly-expensive, insurance bureaucracies. It’s a system that’s open, affordable, and accessible to all – the opposite of ours, which is why hordes of US working-class people go south to find care. As a Truthout article reports, “US citizens seeking healthcare can park in Yuma for $5, walk across the border, get the help they need and come back for dinner.”
Instead of building a senseless border wall to keep people out of the US, our leaders ought to be looking across the border for ideas on how to build a better healthcare system.
“A Reason To Smile: Mexican Town Is A Destination For Dental Tourism,” June 9, 2014.
“Dentist Prices – The Ultimate Guide,” January 26, 2019.
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A free Mindful Movement session to get adults started on their fitness journeys will be offered on Tuesday, November 7th from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Alicia Ashman Library, 733 North High Point Drive. The session is perfect for anyone interested in getting moving and learning how movement impacts positive thinking. Pre-register today by calling 824-1789.
The Urban League of Greater Madison is in need of volunteer tutors to provide individualized academic coaching for middle school students as part of the League’s Schools of Hope Middle School Program. Make a difference by volunteering just two hours a week. Tutoring opportunities are available at 12 schools in Madison, Oregon and Sun Prairie. A variety of times are available to accommodate schedules. Phone 729-1226 for more information or to apply.
Clean Sweep Hazardous Waste Site is open year-round at the county landfill and operates Tuesdays through Fridays from 7a.m. to 2:45 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 to 10:45 a.m. Clean Sweep will be closed Sundays, Mondays and Holidays. There is a fee per drop-off. Clean Sweep is located at 7102 US Highway 12 in Madison. For more information visit danecountycleansweep.com.
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