From The Hill:
Obama to Hispanics: We won’t deport relatives because you enroll in ObamaCare
By Jonathan Easley | March 18, 2014
President Obama on Tuesday sought to assure legal immigrants that they can sign up for ObamaCare without worrying that “the immigration people” will come for family members who are in the country illegally. In an interview with Univision Deportes [sic], a Spanish-language sports radio show, Obama said immigration officials won’t have access to the personal information that consumers provide when signing up for healthcare on the new exchanges.
“Well, the main thing for people to know is that any information you get, you know, asked with respect to buying insurance, does not have anything to do with … the rules governing immigration,” Obama said. “And you know, you can qualify if you’re a legal resident, if you are … legally present in the United States.
“You know, if you have a family where some people are citizens or legally here, and others are not documented, the immigration people will never get that information.”
We may be growing cynical, but this sure as heck sounds like a ‘dog whistle’ to us. That is, we strongly suspect Obama meant to signal Hispanics that signing up for Obama-Care will be their ‘get out of (deportation) jail free card.’
Not that they have anything to worry about regarding deportation, anyway. Despite the preposterous claims to the contrary:
Adolf Falcon, the senior vice president of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, told The Hill that Hispanic families are wary of Obama’s assurances because of his record on deportations…
Falcon said his group fields about 4,000 calls a week from potential Hispanic consumers seeking information about the exchanges. He said that a good deal of the callers are asking about mixed-status families, seeking to make sure their applications can’t be used against family members…
Isn’t it against the law in this country to know of a crime and not report it? Or are we thinking of another America that existed long ago?
For example, a family with a parent who is in the country illegally, and thus not eligible for ObamaCare, will still have to enroll his or her child who is eligible. This provokes fears in the parent that they are leaving themselves exposed. Obama on Tuesday sought to allay those fears.
“You know, you will qualify, you know, regardless of what your family’s status is,” Obama said. “So, you know, people should not hold back just because they’re in a mixed-family status.”
Oh, good. Another made-up term of art to disguise illegal activity.
The White House has said there are 10.2 million uninsured Hispanics eligible for ObamaCare in the country, and about 8.1 million are likely eligible for tax credits. Hispanics have the highest rate of uninsured of any ethnic group in the country.
The federal government doesn’t require consumers to identify their ethnicity when applying for healthcare coverage, but data from some state health exchanges suggest Hispanics are lagging.
They can tell this, but they can’t tell us how many people have actually bought plans?
This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.