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US suspends medical air evacuations from Haiti due to cost dispute

Started by Phil Bunch, Sat, 30 Jan 2010 19:01

Phil Bunch

An excerpt:

MIAMI — The United States has suspended its medical evacuations of critically injured Haitian earthquake victims until a dispute over who will pay for their care is settled, military officials said Friday.

The military flights, usually C-130s carrying Haitians with spinal cord injuries, burns and other serious wounds, ended on Wednesday after Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida formally asked the federal government to shoulder some of the cost of the care.


From the Statue of Liberty, in New York:

   "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Perhaps a final line is needed for this statue, something like the following:

    Will you pay by Visa, Master Card, or American Express?  All others pay cash.
Best wishes,

Phil Bunch