Apparently it’s not enough to socialize the health care system. Taxpayers are supposed to pay for illegal immigrants to have government-guaranteed health care too.
Leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus planned to use a meeting Friday with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to reiterate that illegal immigrants should be covered under health care reform legislation.
A CHC member, who requested not to be identified, said the group is urging Pelosi to ensure that everyone – including illegal immigrants – will be able to receive services as part of comprehensive reform.
“We’re pushing to include everyone in the health care bill. Everyone,” said one CHC member.
Asked if CHC leaders will ask Pelosi to specifically spell something out in the bill to address illegal immigrants, the Member said no. Rather, the Member said the CHC simply wants to make sure the bill – as drafted – doesn’t prohibit illegal immigrants from accessing care.
“Sometimes if you don’t say something, something happens,” said the Hispanic lawmaker.
Additionally, CHC leaders will reiterate their opposition to any provision that imposes a waiting period for immigrants to receive services, said the Member. Such restrictions have emerged in welfare reform and children’s health insurance debates; both had provisions to bar immigrants from receiving services until they had been permanent residents for five years.
“We had that battle over [the State Children’s Health Insurance Program]. We fixed it,” said the CHC member.
It there anything which American working people aren’t supposed to subsidize? Apparently not.
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