ACLU-SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Forum: Health Care As A Right

Healthcare As A Right 350What’s The Impact of Excluding 11 Million Immigrants from the Affordable Care Act?

What: ACLU-SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Chapter Public Forum
When: Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 7-9 PM
Where: Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103

Signed into law in March 2010, the Affordable Care Act was enacted to provide quality and affordable healthcare insurance to tens of millions of uninsured Americans. Yet over two million California residents cannot take advantage of that opportunity.

That’s because undocumented immigrants, who make up roughly one-seventh of Californians without insurance, are explicitly excluded from participating in the insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. Also known as Obamacare, the program leaves some of the state’s poorest residents without access to enhanced health care, a restriction that also complicates enrollment for thousands of mixed families with U.S.-born children and undocumented parents.

Consequently, a sizable group of young and healthy members are eliminated from the insurance pools, leaving taxpayers with an annual $1 billion tab to treat uninsured immigrants in emergency rooms. Home to roughly 2.6 million undocumented immigrants, nearly a quarter of nation’s total, California will be especially hard hit.

Activists groups across Los Angeles County are working to extend Obamacare to undocumented immigrants, both to reduce an unnecessary financial burden on taxpayers, to include a large group of typically young and health workers in the insurance pool, and to treat these new Americans with the same respect afforded earlier waves of immigrants.

“California has a long tradition of treating our immigrants with dignity and respect,” said Ellen Wu of the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network. “The state must also continue to take a leadership role. Whether that is using our existing programs such as Medi-Cal or Covered California to extend coverage to the uninsured, or incentivizing the counties to do the right thing, it’s time to finish the job and provide coverage for our undocumented immigrants. It’s good health policy. It’s good for the state’s prosperity. And it’s good for the health of all Californians.”

At the January 14th ACLU-SoCal Pasadena/Foothills forum, experts will discuss the #Health4All campaign and other efforts to ensure undocumented Californians, and mixed status families, can access comprehensive healthcare coverage. Please join Moderator Rosana Cacace, Planned Parenthood, Pasadena-San Gabriel Valley, and Panelists, Ellen Wu, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Vanessa Aramayo, California Partnership, and Reshma Shamasunder, California Immigrant Policy Center.

The event is free and open to the public. For more info, contact Unai Montes-Irueste, Communications Chair, ACLU-SC Pasadena/Foothills Chapter, unaimontesirueste@gmail.com, or 310.962.7369.

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Comments

  1. Reverend Draco says

    Sorry to have to burst your bubble – but healthcare is not, nor can ever be, a right.
    There is no such thing as a “right” to the time, effort, and property of other people. No. Such. Thing.

    Natural rights are negative; Person A can not do thing B to person C. Government D can not do thing E to person F.

    A claim against another person’s time, effort, and property is theft, no matter how you slice it; Those making the claims are criminals – lowlife, scumsucking thieves – and should be treated accordingly. Preferably with a heavy blunt object. In the head.

  2. ronwf says

    “Activists groups across Los Angeles County are working to extend Obamacare to undocumented immigrants, both to reduce an unnecessary financial burden on taxpayers, ”

    The more people who cannot pay for their own insurance get Obamacare, the greater the burden on the taxpayers will be to pay for the subsidies they’ll get.

    “California has a long tradition of treating our immigrants with dignity and respect,””

    OMG. Try reading the history of California. Ask any Chinese or Japanese person what California’s tradition of treating immigrants is and be prepared to hear outright horror stories of neglect and abuse. That statement is an absolute lie.

  3. ronwf says

    “Consequently, a sizable group of young and healthy members are eliminated from the insurance pools,”

    Which as has been clearly shown by what we are seeing so far, they would not have signed up for anyway even if they were eliglble.

    “leaving taxpayers with an annual $1 billion tab to treat uninsured immigrants in emergency rooms.”

    Which they would use less than if they did have insurance. That’s right – poor people with insurance use emergency rooms MORE than those without. Sounds counter-intuitive, but that’s what studies show.

    “Home to roughly 2.6 million undocumented immigrants, nearly a quarter of nation’s total, California will be especially hard hit.”

    California has made this mess by structuring their legal and social structures to encourage illegal aliens to enter the State and stay there – now let them pay for it.

    • Ryder says

      “California has made this mess by structuring their legal and social structures to encourage illegal aliens to enter the State and stay there – now let them pay for it”

      Well… all I have to say about this is… you’re right. People aren’t really all that smart.

      We were told, for decades… that the policies and amnesty’s that California kept pursuing would just make things worse, and here we have an article that makes it very clear… that the policies of the past… the amnesties, all of it, that kept illegal aliens crossing into California is now an astonishingly costly error.

      The intellectually honest would say: “Wow. You were right. This did end up as a costly mess. We should have listened.”

      Instead… it’s as if the warnings of the past were never made. Total amnesia.

  4. Ryder says

    Ahhh… just a guess as to why… which is… when someone breaks into your home you don’t let them join you for dinner.

    The are not a dinner guest, just because they climbed through the window at supper time.

    Immigrants are, in the truest most meaningful sense, people that enter a new realm or domain without deceit or deception: To join a group that openly accepts the new arrangement.

    Joining is necessarily a MUTUAL exercise. If it is not, then there is no joining… and there is instead: violation.

    Shall we think of a rapist as an “undocumented sex partner”?

    To believe that a social interaction that is not agreed to by one party is to be treated as equal to one that is, is an affront to reason and civil society.

    The people you are describing in this article are not dinner guests that merely use unconventional means to enter your home.

    Feeding them is out of the question.

  5. harry says

    I have lived in several countries in both Asia and Europe and they offered health care to their citizens but not to non-citizens and they had to pay. My insurance will not cover me in those places. I have friends in Scotland who visit the US each year and my past conversations with them did make me feel I would have any kind of free health care if needed while visiting them in the UK.

  6. pancheetah says

    I feel we’re fortunate that any healthcare reform legislation passed. Would including immigrants have been a 2010 deal breaker?
    Including them in future improvements to healthcare is a good goal. It would have a better chance if we could pass immigration reform first.

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