Illegal Aliens And Health Care Reform

I’m not sure why anyone is surprised by Obama’s comments, via Hot Air:

President Obama said this week that his health care plan won’t cover illegal immigrants, but argued that’s all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage.

He also staked out a position that anyone in the country legally should be covered – a major break with the 1996 welfare reform bill, which limited most federal public assistance programs only to citizens and longtime immigrants.

“Even though I do not believe we can extend coverage to those who are here illegally, I also don’t simply believe we can simply ignore the fact that our immigration system is broken,” Mr. Obama said Wednesday evening in a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. “That’s why I strongly support making sure folks who are here legally have access to affordable, quality health insurance under this plan, just like everybody else.

Mr. Obama added, “If anything, this debate underscores the necessity of passing comprehensive immigration reform and resolving the issue of 12 million undocumented people living and working in this country once and for all.”

Republicans said that amounts to an amnesty, calling it a backdoor effort to make sure current illegal immigrants get health care.

This is not new language coming from Obama, he hasn’t changed his stance. This has been his agenda from the beginning.

This is simply another example of Obama saying what he thinks we want to hear when he’s on national television and then adding ‘bits’ when he’s talking to his base. There was an uproar from the Latino community after his remarks last week and he needed to calm them down. He was very clear;

“I’ve asked Secretary Janet Napolitano to lead the conversation with stakeholders both on and off Capital Hill and I know that she met with many of you.”

Yes, she met with many of them on August 20, 2009 at the White House meeting on Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Obama has every intention of moving immigration “reform” (amnesty) through quickly behind the health care reform. He has no choice – he’s trying to keep his base happy. Remember, most of the health care reforms on the table will not take effect for years – they figure they have time to get the ‘wrinkles’ worked out.

What Obama isn’t and doesn’t ever seem to take into account is the fact that Americans DO NOT support his type of immigration reform/amnesty.

American opinion as it relates to illegal immigration policy overall according to Rasmussen Reports:

Voter preferences are clear, however. By a 70% to 22% margin, voters say that gaining control of the borders is more important than legalizing the status of undocumented workers already in the country.

What is often lost in the shuffle of the debate over immigration reform is that once the borders are controlled, most Americans favor a welcoming immigration policy provided it is done within the law. Republicans are more supportive than Democrats of such a policy. Overall, by a 55% to 27% margin, Americans favor a policy goal that would welcome everyone except criminals, national security threats and welfare dependants.

I find it interesting that Republicans support immigration reform at more than double the Democrats – once the border is secure. What does this say about Obama pleasing his base?

American opinion as it relates to illegal immigration policy and health care reform according to the American Council for Immigration Reform(ANCIR) national poll on immigration and its impact on health care issues conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC, of 1,000 likely voters on August 26, 2009:

  • 73% of likely voters agreed that hospitals should be allowed to inquire and collect data about the immigration status of those seeking Emergency Room care without affecting the legal requirement that they must provide emergency care. Just 18% said no.
  • 77% of the respondents believed that providing health insurance to illegal immigrants will just encourage more illegal immigration.
  • After receiving emergency medical care, if it is determined that an illegal immigrant will require long term follow-up medical care, 47% believed that the person should be deported to his/her home country. 38% believed care should be provided, but time and cost limits should be established for eventual deportation. Only 8% believed long term care should be provided in the U.S.
  • 83% of likely voters were very or somewhat concerned that the United States will add 135 million people to its population in the next 40 years, 75% of which is due to immigration. Republicans (90%) were more concerned than Democrats (74%).
  • 78% of likely voters were opposed to legalizing the status of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. with only 19% supporting it. 88% of African-Americans were opposed to legalization.
  • 55% were opposed to a government insurance option under any national health care plan with 28% in favor and 17% not sure. 73% of Republicans were opposed with 11% in favor. A plurality of Democrats (47%) supported a government option with 34% opposed and 19% unsure.

Based on ALL the numbers – Obama is not supporting the American peoples opinions and in some cases not even his own base. It appears to me Obama is simply supporting his own ideological point of view – as usual.


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