Hispanic Caucus May Vote No On Healthcare Over Illegals

Here’s your law abiding Democrat Hispanic Caucus

A group of Hispanic lawmakers on Thursday will tell President Barack Obama that they may not vote for healthcare reform unless changes are made to the bill’s immigration provisions.

immigration remains just as explosive an issue and carries the same potential to derail the entire healthcare endgame, a number of Democrats said.

“It’s still one of those issues that’s out there,” said Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), the Democratic Caucus vice chairman and the only Hispanic member of House leadership.

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And what is the issue (as if you couldn’t have guessed)

The Senate language would prohibit illegal immigrants’ buying healthcare coverage from the proposed health exchanges. The House-passed bill isn’t as restrictive, but it does – like the Senate bill – bar illegal immigrants from receiving federal subsidies to buy health insurance.

Hispanic Democrats say they haven’t moved from their stance that they will not vote for a healthcare bill containing the Senate’s prohibitions.

They claim that while it may be politically popular in some parts of the country to ban illegal immigrants from using their own money to buy coverage, it is not good policy. Illegal immigrants will, one way or another, need medical attention in the United States, and it would be cheaper and more humane to provide them coverage if they pay for it. Otherwise, they will seek treatments in the nation’s emergency rooms, effectively increasing medical costs.

One would think it would be also legally popular, since illegals are here in the United States, well, illegally. As in against the law, both criminally and civilly.

So, if government sponsored health insurance for illegal aliens is put back in the legislation, that should make it even more popular (sic) with the American people. And I am so darned glad that folks on the left are so concerned with following the law.

John at Verum Serum points out

So I guess this explains why, after 14 months of nothing, the President has been eager to talk about immigration reform all of a sudden.

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