Illegal immigrants will get free health insurance.
The House bill doesn't give anyone free health care (though under a 1986 law illegals who can't pay do get free emergency care now, courtesy of all us premium paying customers or of hospitals that have to eat the cost). Will they be eligible for subsidies to buy health insurance? The House bill says that "individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States" will not be allowed to receive subsidies.
The claim that taxpayers will wind up subsidizing health insurance for illegal immigrants has its origins in the defeat of an amendment, offered in July by Republican Rep. Dean Heller of Nevada, to require those enrolling in a public plan or seeking subsidies to purchase private insurance to have their citizenship verified. Flecksoflife.com claimed on July 19 that "HC [health care] will be provided 2 all non US citizens, illegal or otherwise." Rep. Steve King of Iowa spread the claim in a USA Today op-ed on Aug. 20, calling the explicit prohibition on such coverage "functionally meaningless" absent mandatory citizenship checks, and it's now gone viral. Can we say that none of the estimated 11.9 million illegal immigrants will ever wangle insurance subsidies through identity fraud, pretending to be a citizen? You can't prove a negative, but experts say that Medicare—the closest thing to the proposals in the House bill—has no such problem.
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You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." - Gandhi
Don't you think it would be a good idea to figure all that out, then pass it? Call me crazy, but I think we should.We don't know what the process will be when all is said and done.
But, the fact is, they haven't put controls in place to keep illegals from receiving health care under this bill, probably at the tax payers's expense.It would be in their best interest implement some kind of a filter to make sure that it doesn't happen, and they may do that.
If not, then frankly I don't care because I'm willing to bet the numbers will be insignificant and small.
There are 20 million illegals in this country. How can the numbers be insignificant and small?