Submitted By Todd on August 21st at 11:40am
Sixty percent of the county's uninsured patients are not U.S. citizens. More than half are here illegally. About 2 million undocumented aliens in Los Angeles County alone are crowding emergency rooms because they can't afford to see a doctor.But haven't they included language in the health care reform bills that would ban illegals from getting on the plan? Yes - the following phrase in House Bill 3200 deals directly with the issue.
Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States.That would seem pretty clear, wouldn't it? As the President said yesterday:
"This has been an example of just pure misinformation out there. None of the bills that have been voted on in Congress, and none of the proposals coming out of the White House propose giving coverage to illegal immigrants -- none of them," he said. "That has never been on the table; nobody has discussed it."In my mind, this is when it's time to get nervous - when they're not discussing an issue. As FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) clarifies:
Affordability credits can be used to offset the cost of health care coverage for individuals who enroll in private insurance plans, but there is currently no provision barring illegal aliens from enrolling in the taxpayer-funded public plan.Oh. So that clause does nothing to keep illegal aliens off the ObamaCare roles. There's also this argument - the legislation doesn't require any identification other than a social security number, which would render irrelevant any rules banning illegals even if such a rule was written. Regarding the discussion of illegal immigrations regarding health care, remember that Obama didn't invite anyone in favor of a Single Payer option to the health care round tables. Clearly, he didn't want it discussed as an option because he wanted to take a stealth approach to gaining its passage, via the Public Option. He knows that there is no political support for Single Payer. What they don't discuss is what they're shooting for. Again - what's important is not what's written in the bill, it is the intent of those crafting it. In a 1,000 page law, there will be plenty of room for everything they want to be implemented once the dozens of controlling authorities are staffed with the tens of thousands of bureaucrats who will be handed 17% of the U.S. economy to reconstruct. The real misinformation in the marketplace is that put forth by supporters of reform.