Senate HCR Bill Piles on Undocumented Immigrants


The Senate HCR bill is going to appease nativist birthers while hurting constituents.

Mark Willen from the Kiplinger Letter, just raised an important point about how the Senate is about to enact draconian provisions against undocumented immigrants which happen to go against the interests of American citizens. When anti-immigrant nativism cuts against pocketbook interests for most Americans, I get a foreboding feeling of what is in store in 2010 during the comprehensive immigration reform debate.

The bottom line from Willen’s piece is that the Senate believes most Americans will be willing to subsidize emergency care for undocumented immigrants, and will also be willing to pay higher insurance premiums just so long as Senators can tell their constituents back home they voted against allowing undocumented immigrants to have access to the private insurance exchange that will follow passage of HCR.

Joe Wilson, you are such an asshole. Yes, I know you are not a senator but it was your incredibly loud and rude “you lie” statement during President Obama’s speech before Congress that will result in your constituents paying higher insurance premiums. Defend that in 2010, buddy.

In the meantime, here’s two important points worth summarizing  from Willen.

First, because undocumented immigrants will not have access to health insurance, they will not seek medical assistance until illnesses/ injuries get real bad and expensive. Then they will receive assistance at emergency rooms, and the cost of this free service will be passed ontto hospital and insurance company customers.

Next, check out Dr. Leighton Ku’s (from GWU) recently published an article in the AJPH, which concludes that since immigrants are on the whole healthier than citizens, insured immigrants help subsidize health care for the rest of us. In other words, insuring undocumented immigrants would lower costs for voters.

In sum, the exclusion of undocumented immigrants from health exchanges, even if they want to pay with their own money (no subsidies) raises insurance costs for everyone else. What does this suggest. For starters, the undocumented immigrant exclusion in the senate bill is irrationally punitive. It also suggests, that self interested senators are willing to appease anti immigrant constituencies even when against the interests of all their constituents and the public good.  oh boy, next year’s gonna be fun.

late addition: TNR just reported that Senator Harry Reid just thew a bone to immigrants in HCR, meaning that the bill will reverse a provision in the 1996 immigration reform law that placed a 5 year wait period on newly naturalized immigrants before they would become eligible for medicaid. According to Sen. Menendez, Reid promised him that this 5 yr ban would be reversed when HCR gets to conference.

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One response to “Senate HCR Bill Piles on Undocumented Immigrants

  1. Either a House or Senate bill, that releases millions of foreign workers into our country, will devastate the public safety net. As it is now–California–a SANCTUARY STATE–is under constant bombardment to support uncounted numbers of foreign invaders on the health care, education and penal system. America’s largest population of illegal immigrants, California bears a huge cost to provide basic human services for this fast growing, illegal low-income segment of its population. A new study from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) examines the costs of education, health care and incarceration of illegal aliens, and concludes that the costs to Californians is $10.5 billion annually. California voters rebelled and overwhelmingly passed Proposition 187, which sought to limit liability for mass illegal immigration. Since then, state and local governments have blatantly ignored the wishes of the voters and continued to pay out publicly financed benefits on illegal families. Prop 187 was brought before Judge Mariana Pfaelzer, who in November 1997 found the law to be unconstitutional. Governor Wilson appealed the ruling, which brought the case to the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. (who are extremist Liberals) In 1999, newly elected Democratic Governor Gray Davis had the case brought before mediation, and then intentionally dropped the appeals process before the courts, effectively killing the law so it–NEVER–reached the Supreme Court. Dan Stein, President of FAIR stated, “California’s addiction to ‘cheap’ illegal alien labor is bankrupting the state and posing enormous burdens on the state’s SHRINKING MIDDLE CLASS TAX BASE,” he added “Most Californians, who have seen their taxes increase while public services deteriorate, already know the impact that mass illegal immigration is having on their communities, but even they may be shocked when they learn just how much of a drain illegal immigration has become. After these fiscal numbers were released, there seem to be an intentional reluctance to offer costs for both legal and illegal immigrant cost to the US taxpayer. The latest news now is the border state of Arizona, is in dire straights financially and also heading towards bankruptcy.

    “This is owing to a Sacramento Liberal Assembly, which has edged the state to near bankruptcy. Only by the interruption of multi-millions of American citizens, legal residents and congregations of anti-illegal immigration groups will America prevail. Here is the Capitol switchboard number to call 202-224-3121 because your vote is needed to stop any AMNESTY. The last 1986 Immigration bill was never aggressively enforced, that is why millions of illegal immigrants roam freely throughout America? The blame can be placed upon previous administrations as they have always been in collusion with the business, including Wall Street that is the real mechanism that governs our country? That is–WHY–we are taxed to subsidize–CORPORATE WELFARE–with incredulous numbers of lowly paid illegal wages and no benefits. THIS IS ALL ABOUT CORPORATE GREED and the complete indifference to the AMERICAN WORKERS SURVIVAL AND AN OVERPOPULATION FUTURE.

    In a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, based on the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation, analyzed the cost of immigrants based on their specific use of (means-tested) welfare entitlements (both direct and indirect), and revealed that the total immigrant receipt of benefits in–1996–came to $180 billion. THAT IS $ ONE HUNDRED & EIGHTY BILLION IN 1996? WHAT ARE THE EXPENDITURES NOW? Today’s costs if audited would support some foreign governments treasuries. Obama and his army of pro-illegal worker lobbyist, faith groups, unions, anti-sovereignty Caucuses, to adjoin and undermine our voting system, by organizing huge numbers who will automatically vote in favor of the Democratic party.

    There are thousands of pro-sovereignty, anti-illegal immigration organizations that are fighting to halt another demented AMNESTY. So if what President Obama has stated that he will approve a so-called Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, with the approval of the Democratic Party leadership will be a devastating Armageddon. Last Tuesday, December 15, Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez introduced this proposed law, called the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (CIR ASAP).More than ever before it would be to the advantage of all the Anti-AMNESTY groups to unify and mobilize every organizations such as NUMBERSUSA, FAIR, CAPSWEB, ALIPAC, AMERICAN PATROL, JUDICIAL WATCH and every opponent group to join a massive build-up against this dark foreboding issue. Most of the American population has absolutely no conception of the implication surrounding this outrageous bill. But any bill legalizing foreign nationals who have scorned our laws is unconstitutional, without THE PEOPLE’S absolute permission.

    The millions of illegal people here would pay small fine of $500.00 dollars, learn English and pass a criminal background check. The law suggested stripping police officers of their federally-sanctioned (287 g) powers that detains individuals for immigration and visa violations, according to The Chicago Tribune. Sen. Harry Reid, Pelosi, Napolitano, Schumer and others know that our only true deterrent E-Verify will be obsolete? This is just for those 20 to 30 million illegal aliens and families who live within this nation borders now. Even more millions will be waiting outside the borders, ready to make the rush for US soil, before the president signs the AMNESTY (CIR ASAP) document. THAT WILL BE THE HIGHEST PINNACLE OF MADNESS, FORCED UPON THE AMERICAN WORKER. THEY WILL HAVE TO COMPETE WITH THOSE ALREADY HERE AND THOSE WHO SUDDENLY SWARM INTO AMERICA. All these destitute, unskilled people will need food, housing and welfare support to exist in our society.

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