Illegal Immigration Should Be Part Of Health Care Reform Debate

By D.A. King, Insider Advantage Georgia a subscription Website, July 16, 2009

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Max Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee told reporters in May illegals would not be included. "We're not going to cover undocumented aliens, undocumented workers," Baucus told the Dallas Morning News. "That's too politically explosive."

(7/16/09) We have all heard the alarmist nonsense: “there are presently 50 million Americans without health care coverage.”

Not many thinking Americans accept that the “50 million” figure has any basis in reality.

With trillions of dollars at stake and because it should soon be very obvious why it is a closely related topic we should consider this: Not many who study the illegal immigration crisis accept the five-year-old official estimate of “12 million” illegals in the U.S., either.

Many demographers have judged that figure to be off by at least half.

But in the rush by the Obama administration to take over American health care, we are not hearing much about the likely more than 20 million illegal aliens who are being allowed to continue their search for a better life in America, even as national unemployment steadily approaches double digits.

So, what about the illegals and government provided health insurance?

The answer depends on who you can hear.

Max Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee told reporters in May illegals would not be included. "We're not going to cover undocumented aliens, undocumented workers," Baucus told the Dallas Morning News. "That's too politically explosive."

Indeed. Not to mention expensive. And clearly not a deterrent to future illegal immigration.

Like most who study the illegal immigration crisis, Montana’s Baucus, a key Democrat in the health care debate, likely recognizes that according to analyses by the Center for Immigration Studies and the U.S. Census Bureau, somewhere around 22% of the uninsured ‘Americans’ are not Americans at all. They are non citizens, many here in violation of our American immigration laws.

As Roy Beck, Executive Director of the respected Washington D.C. pro- immigration control organization, NumbersUSA, notes, “It is the growth among the uninsured that is helping drive the political effort to change the health care system. Previous studies have shown that illegal aliens account for nearly all of the growth in the uninsured in recent years.”

Here is where it gets even more “politically explosive”. Imagine that Congress and the president can somehow pull off the takeover of the American health care system – and are forced to do it without initially including illegal aliens in their universal coverage.

We shouldn’t forget the next announced agenda for Congress.

One of Obama’s campaign promises was to legalize the illegals in his first year in office. Doing so would make these ultra-low income residents eligible for a large variety of taxpayer funded benefits now withheld from them solely because of their unlawful status.

Including the proposed full coverage national health insurance.

If “Obama-Care” were to become law and did not include illegal aliens, it would be despite the dedicated efforts of well-funded group ‘The National Council of La Raza’ (NCLR). For the non Spanish speaking reader, that’s ‘The National Council of The Race’ in English.

For those who are intended to hear their message, the far-left, separatist ‘La Raza’ is making its well-financed agenda crystal clear on health care reform.

NCLR calls for health care reform that includes “all workers and families.”

Eye witness reports of warnings given in recent La Raza “how-to sell the health care bill” seminars such as: “you must go out into your communities, use words like 'streamline', use phrases like 'all workers' and 'all families' because if the American people find out that this bill is about giving health care to non-citizens, they will rise up against it" is just one of the not so public instructions.

Not even verification of legal immigration status would be tolerated. This from a June 15 La Raza press release : “NCLR cautions, however, that the positive impact of several reform proposals on the table may be undermined by additional measures that would severely restrict access to health coverage by mandating new, expensive verification and documentation procedures. This debate should be about health care for all, and setting the nation on a pathway to future health and well-being.”

As usual for the far left, it is all about “the children.” Janet Murguia, NCLR President and CEO, includes this very telling talking point: “Adding layers of immigrant verification and bureaucratic red tape to a new health care system would guarantee that millions of citizen children are effectively barred from accessing preventive care and would raise the cost of health care,”

The shell game is on. Beck reports that Section 242 of "America's Affordable Health Choice Act", which is scheduled to be marked up in the House Energy and Commerce Committee today prohibits "undocumented aliens" from receiving health care, but does not prescribe a method for preventing them from receiving health care.

More from Roy Beck:

Section 1702 of the bill requires that "the State shall accept without further determination the enrollment under [the Medicaid program] of an individual determined by the Commissioner to be a non-traditional Medicaid eligible individual." However, the bill does not require the government to apply the existing citizenship and identity verification requirements that exist in the current Medicare statute.

Section 1714 states, "in determining eligibility for services under this subsection, the State may consider only the income of the applicant or recipient." This means that for certain non-essential services, the State can disregard an individual's immigration status and look only at the individual's income.

But with all of the media inspection and in-depth reporting on the illegal immigration component of “health care reform,” the reader is likely long and well aware of these little gems already.



D.A. King, a nationally recognized authority on illegal immigration, is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society.

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