House Health Care Bill a Mixed Bag for Immigrants

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY)

Late on Saturday night the House passed its health care reform bill and put the ball back in the Senate’s court. The goal is to make health care more affordable and more accessible for millions of Americans. Once again, immigration became a major obstacle to the bill’s passage as immigration restrictionists and others pushed for harsher language and verification rules to exclude unauthorized immigrants from the bill’s benefits.

Overall the bill presents a mixed-bag for immigrants:

  • Legal Immigrants: Lawfully residing immigrants who make too much money to be eligible for Medicaid, do not have employer-sponsored health insurance, and cannot afford to buy insurance on their own will be eligible for the affordability credits created by the House bill. This means that many more legal immigrants will be able to afford health insurance.
  • 5-Year Bar: The final House bill does not rescind the bar that denies federal Medicaid benefits to lawful permanent residents for their first five years. This means that legal immigrants who are working and paying taxes will not be eligible to receive the benefits of their taxes dollars for at least 5 years.
  • Unauthorized Immigrants: Undocumented immigrants are already restricted from most public insurance programs, including Medicaid. The House does not include any provisions to expand their eligibility. Under the bill, unauthorized immigrants are not eligible for the affordability credits or subsidies that would make purchasing insurance more affordable. But, the House bill does not exclude undocumented immigrants from being able to buy full-price insurance with their own money in the Exchange.

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House members, particularly Rep. Nydia Velazquez and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, were able to successfully block an immigration-related motion to recommit by House Republicans—a motion with the intention of forcing a tough vote on immigration that, if passed, may have resulted in the bill’s defeat.Health care reform now moves to the Senate, where battles over the 5-year bar, verification systems, and unauthorized immigrants’ ability to purchase health insurance are likely to continue. We hope the Senate puts good public policy above symbolic, political fights over immigration and passes bill that recognizes that all Americans are better off if health care is inclusive.

Michele Waslin

Republished with permission from Immigration Impact.

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  1. Brittancus says

    Even before we witness the nefarious battle over Comprehensive immigration reform–BLANKET AMNESTY–the lines are already drawn on Health Care. Yes! the House bill has passed, but now the next obstacle is the Senate? However, Sen.Harry Reid of Nevada will force through the Health Care Act, knowing that he is strongly pandering to the illegal aliens already squatting here, looking for votes in his re-election next year.

    Since the beginning of President Obama’s administration have refused to recognize the difference between authorized Hispanics holding green cards or any legal inhabitant who settled in America. This doesn’t go down well with legal immigrants, who have followed the law and don’t want be in tangled up in this animosity that is building against illegal aliens around the country. The Rule of Law has been cauterized by many anti-sovereignty lawmakers who smell more votes. Then if the 20 to 30 million illegal families are legalized and the Republicans whose catering to the businesses organizations.as both parties indifferent to taxpayers, who carry the financial burdens.

    WE MUST JAM THE SWITCHBOARDS IN WASHINGTON, PUSHING OUR OWN DEMANDS at 202-224-3121 that bars illegal aliens from the health care insurance “exchange” YOUR VOICE IS MAKING AN IMMENSE DIFFERENCE TO HOW THE POLITICIANS VOTE? WARN THEM OF THE CONSEQUENCES OF IGNORING PUBLIC OPINION.

    Other pieces of relevant information contributing to the dilemma of US legal population:

    1,200 Illegal Workers fired in Minnesota. House Members Urge President to Enforce Immigration Laws to Lower Unemployment. Friends of Arizona Businesses with Illegal Workers Take E-Verify Law to Supreme Court Senate Census allows to Count Illegal Aliens for Congressional redistricting . CBO Says New Health Care Bill Would Cover 2.5 Million More Illegal Aliens. Sen. Reid Kills E-Verify Amendment to Unemployment extension Bill. Pro-Enforcement Candidates win in Virginia and New Jersey. 68% of Americans Oppose Sanctuary Cities and States

    You can learn about the corruption and incompetence of lawmakers at NUMBERSUSA. Court cases, political sleaze and immigration non-enforcement at JUDICIAL WATCH. How population growth will effect future generations at CAPSWEB. SAY NO BLANKET AMNESTY!

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