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Obama-Care For Illegal Aliens – He Lied?

From the Politico:

Hispanic Democrats want health care fix

By: Carrie Budoff Brown
July 19, 2010

A group of Democratic lawmakers wants to use the immigration reform debate to fix one of the most hotly contested aspects of the health care law — provisions that bar immigrants from using new government programs to get coverage.

The move by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus would add a contentious new element to an already monumental task — passing a bill that puts 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship.

But the lawmakers say they’re merely following through on a pledge they made when the health care overhaul passed in March, and they expect the White House and Democratic leadership to do the same.

Some members of the caucus almost withheld their votes for health reform over what they saw as punitive, anti-immigrant measures in the bill, which bans illegal immigrants from using newly created exchanges to buy insurance, even with their own money, and maintains a five-year waiting period for legal residents to enroll in Medicaid.

They signed on only after receiving assurances that their concerns would be rectified as part of the immigration reform battle, according to lawmakers, advocates and Hill aides.

“The expectation was that everybody knew it was unfair and that a new immigration bill would correct that,” Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) told POLITICO.

Asked at what level he received such signals, Grijalva said: “High enough to feel secure about it.”

Honestly, when was this ever in doubt. The deal has always been that the Democrats give illegals US citizenship – meaning, all of the benefits of the US welfare state – in exchange for their vote.

Why else would any illegal aliens want to give up a tax free, paperwork free, responsibility free existence? And free healthcare for life is one of the things that will make it worth their trouble.

Congress would have to come up with billions of dollars to cover newly legalized residents — a cost that could blow a hole in Obama’s projections that health reform would reduce the deficit in the long run, one of his main rationales for the law

We thought that the CBO stopped pretending the ‘healthcare reform’ would save money as soon as it was rammed through Congress and signed into law.

To Democrats, the issue is undebatable: Once undocumented immigrants move into a temporary protected legal status — which they would gain after a bill passes and while they apply for citizenship — the exchanges would open up to them because they would no longer be illegal

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) agrees it should be a nonissue. “Once Senate Republicans stop obstructing comprehensive immigration reform and it becomes the law of the land, those who become citizens or legal residents will have access to the exchange,” her spokesman Nadeam Elshami said.

But some advocates don’t want to stop there.

Arguing that immigrants shouldn’t be consigned to second-class legalization, proponents say they will try to relax other restrictions, including lifting the five-year waiting period for legal residents to sign up for Medicaid, which was vastly expanded under the health care law.

Such a move would put millions of immigrants in the position to claim subsidies or enroll in Medicaid. Eighty-six percent of adult illegal immigrants fall under the income cutoff to receive assistance, which is less than $88,000 annually for a family of four, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

You see, $88,000 a year is now ‘poor.’ Unless you are not a natural Obama constituent. Then it is considered to be ‘rich’ and you will be taxed accordingly. 

(By the way, yesterday’s Politico poll called people making over $75,000 the ‘elite.’)

A legalization program would boost tax revenue by as much $5.4 billion in the first three years, according to the Center for American Progress.

A laughable number from the always dependable radical left Soros-front.

But the insurance credits could far outweigh revenue, given that half of adult illegal immigrants fall at the lowest end of the income ladder, making them eligible for more generous assistance.

Again, is this news to the reporters at the Politico? If it weren’t for the “generous assistance” of our welfare system would illegal aliens even be demanding amnesty?

The citizens of Puerto Rico don’t seem to be in any hurry to pay US taxes.

Gutierrez could not recall any specific commitments made during his discussions with the president but that the issue would need to be addressed.

“It was more, ‘We’re going to take care of this in comprehensive immigration, people’s access to health care,” Gutierrez said. “You cannot do comprehensive immigration reform unless you deal with what the responsibilities of these new Americans are but also what the responsibility of the government is to them.”

Exactly what “responsibility” does the government – or more precisely, the US taxpayer – have to people who have broken our laws and who live here against our wishes?

“To say more is to just get a headline tomorrow, ‘Oh, Gutierrez wants them to have health care, and it’s going to cost billions of dollars.’ That is all we get out of it,” he said. “So I’ll cross that bridge; we’re going to have to deal with it.”

In other words, ‘keep your yap shut. –I’m doing it.’

But, really, was there ever any doubt?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 20th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama-Care For Illegal Aliens – He Lied?”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    -‘They signed on only after receiving assurances that their concerns would be rectified as part of the immigration reform battle, according to lawmakers, advocates and Hill aides. ‘-

    -‘Once Senate Republicans stop obstructing comprehensive immigration reform and it becomes the law of the land’-

    So in two brief sentences we have 1) that Obama bribed the Hispanic lobby for their vote (obviously, that means it just wasn’t the Stupak Pro-Life Dems and the Blue Dog Dems (wanting to retain their seats) but in reality the majority of Congress who, like their constituents (the majority of America) were against Obamacare and 2) we have solid proof that Nancy Pelosi is a moron (and certainly qualified for ‘special’ designation) – how can a 40% grouping obstruct anything when the other side has 60% – especially when it comes to voting (I dun gaduated a higher school, I nowd 60 is biggin than 40 – most especially when the 60% side has ACORN assisting any and all of their votes?

    How does that woman get out of bed in the morning? And how really stupid the idiots who vote for her must be.

    Gee, in hindsight – Joe Wilson was Right all along – [Obama] YOU LIE

    P.S. Steve you must find the audio of some Hispanic nut calling all white Americans Nazis and telling all white Americans to go back to Germany & Europe. Yepper – if all conservative radio & tv played that every day – Immigration ‘Reform’ would be history.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Will Maobama and the rest of the commie Congress come forth and apologize to the American people for what is truly a lie and rescind Joe Wilson’s apology?

    The heat is getting to me, sorry!

  3. canary says:

    Our taxes are already being sent to Africa for abortions; one of Obama’s first moves, and Planned Parent hood is getting our tax paying money to set up the abortions. They will make a killing selling tissue & organs.

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