Obamacare for Illegal Immigrants

Cover illegals under Obamacare? Why not? What’s another $100 billion or so when you are spending like a drunken sailor?

Delmira Maravella, an El Salvador immigrant, and her 9 children don’t have health insurance. When they need medicine or a doctor they have to pay out of pocket.

Experts say health disparities among ethnic groups are great, with one in three Hispanics and one in five African-Americans not having health insurance, compared with one in eight whites.

At the risk of sounding anti-American, whose fault is this?

“We can’t have the status quo. It’s just a disgrace. I don’t know what other words to use,” said Elena Rios, president of the National Hispanic Medical Association, a nonprofit group that represents Hispanic doctors.

Rios was among the advocates calling on legislators to consider measures designed to bolster care for Hispanics through preventive medicine, health education and increased diversity in the medical field.

What is this “bolster care” crap? Why does one group, particularly if they are here illegally, need more services than anyone else?

Jane Garcia, the CEO of La Clinica de la Raza where Maravilla gets her checkups, sees the need for reform every time she makes her rounds.

About 71 percent of her patients are Latino; 44 percent are uninsured, and that number has been going up. New patients range from the recently unemployed to undocumented immigrants who can no longer get care in neighboring Contra Costa County, where supervisors squeezed by a budget shortfall voted to cut services to them.

Undocumented immigrants.

Just another way of saying illegal.

The county ran out of money by treating people here illegally and can’t afford to treat citizens. This is the real problem.

Although the House bill represents the most comprehensive effort to date to extend health care to all Americans, there is a significant segment of the population that will likely be excluded: illegal immigrants. Pressed by CBS News’ Katie Couric about whether they should be covered, the president responded simply, “no.”

I am shocked.

A straight answer.

Did Hell freeze over?

Jennifer Ng’andu, deputy director of the National Council of La Raza’s Health Policy Project, believe any plan that doesn’t include undocumented immigrants won’t last. They make up about 15 percent of the nation’s approximately 47 million uninsured.

Somehow 15% doesn’t sound as bad as 7,000,000.

Not taking care of this population now will have real costs in the future, said Rios. Hispanics make up 15 percent of the total U.S. population, but they represent 25 percent of children in preschools and kindergartens.

“We are at a time when we need change, or we’re going to see an increase in obesity, diabetes, cancers, heart disease,” said Rios. “It’s not fair to them, to us, to the country.”

I see plenty of citizens who have unfettered access to health care that are obese. I don’t think offering free health insurance to illegals paid for by taxes from hard working citizens is the answer.

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