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‘Kids’ Of Illegals Can Sign Up For Obama-Care

From a tear stained Associated Press:

Many immigrants hesitate to seek health insurance


HOUSTON (AP) — Day after day, Adonias Arevalo tried to calm his parents’ nerves, attempting to convince them it was safe for him to apply for government-subsidized health insurance through the nation’s new coverage system. Like many other immigrants, Arevalo’s parents worried that personal information on their son’s application could somehow draw immigration authorities’ attention to the couple, who emigrated here illegally from El Salvador seven years ago.

After a week of discussion, the 22-year-old Houston man, who works at a community center and has temporary legal status, finally eased their fears.

He is a community organizer.

But other immigrant families remain leery, and some are so concerned that they would rather see loved ones go without coverage than risk giving personal information to a federal agency…

That is really heart breaking. Obviously, the only solution is to give everyone amnesty, so that no will have to go without taxpayer subsidized health insurance or Medicaid. (Which, come to think of it, Obama has practically already done.)

Immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally cannot participate in the system. But many have eligible relatives who are citizens or legal residents…

Which was a major reason Obama’s ‘Dreamers Amnesty.’ By the way, remember Joe Wilson, who shouted ‘You lie!’ when Mr. Obama said during his state of the union address that illegal aliens would never be covered under Obama-Care?

Since the system debuted in October, immigrant advocates and the federal government have been working to reassure families that their information will not be shared with enforcement agencies. The effort has led to changes in the main health care website and a memo from immigration authorities promising not to go after anyone based on insurance paperwork…

What a wonderful country. You will be penalized for not buying health insurance. But you won’t be penalized for being in the country illegally.

Immigrant families are important to the success of the health care overhaul, especially in Texas, which has the nation’s highest rate of uninsured people, many of whom are immigrants…

Not because they will make Obama-Care more fiscally viable. But because the more people who are getting subsidies, the less likely it will ever be repealed.

Of the nearly 40 million people living in the U.S. who were born elsewhere, about a third do not have health insurance, according to census data. And about 9 million people in the U.S. belong to immigrant families in which at least one child is a citizen, according to the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project.

Those immigrant families, which tend to be younger and healthy, are attractive to the health care program because it relies on young participants to pay premiums to help fund coverage for older people who need more expensive care…

And never mind that the vast majority of these ‘young people’ will get taxpayer subsidies. Or be put on Medicaid or CHIPs.

In mid-October, three weeks after enrollment opened, President Barack Obama’s administration stepped in. Immigration and Customs Enforcement published a "clarification" designed to assuage fears. The memo explained that information obtained through health care registration would not be used to pursue immigration cases against anyone in the country illegally…

It also said that applying to the insurance marketplace, Medicaid or the children’s program known as CHIP will not mean immigrants are considered a "public charge," addressing a long-held concern that accepting a government benefit could jeopardize their chance of getting legal status or becoming a naturalized citizen.

Even though they are ‘public charges.’

That guidance was also worked into training for "navigators" assigned to help people enroll in the marketplace…


Among the nation’s uninsured children — regardless of immigration status — 65 percent are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP but are not enrolled…

And we can’t have that! Those are votes just waiting to be bought.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “‘Kids’ Of Illegals Can Sign Up For Obama-Care”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Get the data
    Get the Metadata

    .. get the goods on everyone.

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