CHANGE YOU NEVER EXPECTED: HEALTH CARE FOR ILLEGALS
By Frosty Wooldridge
July 23, 2009
Barack Obama, the first non-citizen of the United States to become president, promised change for all American citizens.
While he conceals his birth origin, Obama and Congress practice “Obfuscation-101.” Obama and democratic House leaders conceal the fact that their health care bill covers unlawful immigrants.
Last week, our intrepid albeit dishonest U.S. House of Representatives unveiled their health care reform legislation entitled, "America's Affordable Health Care Act of 2009." They might have added, “America’s Affordable Health Care for 20 million unlawful Mexicans Act.”
The Federation for American Immigration Reform, www.fairus.org, said, “Despite the language in section 246 of the bill that states: "nothing—shall allow Federal payments [for] individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States," the bill actually raises more questions than it resolves with respect to whether the bill will burden American taxpayers by giving health care benefits to legal and illegal aliens.
“The draft House bill — consisting of 1,018 pages — was introduced by Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) and cosponsored by the chairmen of the three House committees of jurisdiction: Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee; Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), Chairmen of the Energy & Commerce Committee; and Rep. George Miller (D-CA), Chairman of the Education & Labor Committee.”
With great irony, Waxman and Miller representatives from the overrun State of California by unlawful immigrants—lead the charge to give away your dollars. Their former muscle man governor runs a $26 billion state deficit while hosting five million illegals. Schwarzenegger handed out $56 million in IOUs to pay his bills this month, but didn’t touch the “sacred cow” of billions in payments to criminal aliens.
The skullduggery begins; “Section 202 of this bill creates a Health Insurance Exchange and states that "all individuals are eligible to obtain coverage" through the exchange. The House Education & Labor Committee has produced a summary of the bill and explains that the exchange will allow individuals and employers to "comparison shop for coverage" and that the bill creates "new affordability credits? for people purchasing [health coverage] through the exchange."
Again, U.S. taxpayers open their wallets wide, “Under Section 242, all legal aliens will qualify for the affordability credit. Subsection (d) states that the affordability credits "shall not be treated [as] a benefit provided under section 403" of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. Under Welfare Reform, legal aliens are generally required to wait five years before becoming eligible for welfare or other taxpayer funded benefits. The House health reform bill eliminates that 5-year waiting period for legal aliens as applied to taxpayer financed health insurance subsidies, such as the affordability credit. Accordingly, legal aliens will become immediately eligible for this government handout — a handout that would be paid for by the American taxpayers.”
This Congress mandates a minimum of 1.2 million legal immigrants annually, or, to bring it into sharper focus, Congress crams another 138,000 fresh-off-the-boat immigrants into the USA every 30 days, month in and month out—most poor, uneducated and in need of welfare.
FAIR said, “Given the bill's language, illegal aliens are also likely to qualify for the affordability credit. This is true because there are no provisions that would prevent an illegal alien from participating in the exchange or from receiving the credit.
“Likewise, there are no requirements that a government agency verify eligibility, whether through the SAVE system or otherwise. Accordingly, without these important safeguards, illegal aliens would probably receive this subsidy.”
Georgia journalist D.A. King, www.TheDustinInmanSociety.org, said, “Welcome to one of the best kept secrets you likely will not hear about in the mainstream media. The same out-of-control government that has refused to secure our borders in a war on terror - I mean "man-caused disaster" - may soon be in charge of your health care and most members of the party in charge want to extend that universal coverage to illegal aliens.
“According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, more than a million people were apprehended trying to enter the U.S. illegally in fiscal year 2008. As Roy Beck, director of the respected Washington D.C. pro-immigration control organization, www.NumbersUSA.com, 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."
As you can see, U.S. Senator Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi of the House—both of them obfuscate and outright lie to the American people as to who pays for this national “socialized health care” nightmare. Already, unlawful immigrants enjoy free health care through Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA). It costs us billions of dollars annually. This year, 350,000 unlawful pregnant immigrants will tap into billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars, of which they paid nothing. That pregnancy rate repeats annually!
The inherent fraud being foisted upon Americans as our leaders encourage unlawful workers and immigrants to this country—astounds anyone that abides by the rule of law. Reid and Pelosi belong to an elite club of liars and cheats. They won’t enforce our immigration laws, but they will make us pay for those who broke our laws.
Finally, another inequity explodes across the nation. Those people that don’t drink, smoke and become obese—must pay for those who do! Let’s face it; Americans constitute the fattest group of humans on the planet. Over 150 million Americans, half our population, eat themselves into obesity, heart attacks, diabetes, cancers and worse. Another 50 million smoke and chew themselves into lung cancer, throat and stomach cancers.
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