I got an email today from someone who, in response to a comment I made about Obamacare covering illegals, pointed me to a Politifact article, written and researched by one Angie Drobnic Holan, that tries to make the case that Obama was telling the truth when he said in last night’s health care commercial:
“There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false — the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.”
This Politifact article is, quite frankly, ridiculous, and showcases the sort of ‘only in the mind of a liberal’ logic that makes those of us with a modicum of intelligence and capacity to recognize the angles want to gouge our own eyes out with a spoon.
One place where the bill does mention immigration status is for “affordability credits.” These are tax credits for people of modest means need to buy health insurance. The credits would help them buy insurance on a national health insurance exchange. The bill specifically says that people in the United States illegally are not eligible for tax credits, on page 132, section 242.
Still, given all that, we have heard from people who said that other aspects of reform could benefit illegal immigrants.
One of the most detailed responses was from the anti-immigration group Federation for American Immigration Reform, called FAIR. You can read their statement on the matter on their Web site.
The above paragraph leaves little doubt of Ms Holan’s politics. FAIR is not “anti-immigrant”, a term used almost exclusively by the open borders crowd to disparage those who understand the value of strong immigration policy and secure borders. FAIR is against ILLEGAL immigration.
Primarily, they argue that illegal immigrants would be permitted to purchase insurance on the national health insurance exchange because the bill does not include a mechanism for verifying citizenship. So illegal immigrants would have the chance to purchase insurance in the public option, a government-run health care plan that would offer basic coverage at a low price.
FAIR also argues for more robust verification measures for the affordability credit and making sure that illegal immigrant parents won’t be able to receive coverage if their citizen children are eligible.
FAIR has a point that illegal immigrants would likely be able to buy insurance on the national health insurance exchange. We don’t see anything in the bills that would hinder that. A Congressional Research Service report issued Aug. 25, 2009, confirmed our observation. The House bill “does not contain any restrictions on noncitzens participating in the Exchange — whether the noncitizens are legally or illegally present, or in the United States temporarily or permanently,” the report said.
But it’s worth pointing out that illegal immigrants participating in the exchange would be paying for their insurance like everyone else. That’s similar to the current system — we’re not aware of any particular restrictions that stop illegal immigrants from buying private insurance now. Under health care reform, illegal immigrants would be able to buy private insurance or the public option.
The Politifact writer’s logical stumblings are mind-numbing.
First, on the subject of ‘affordability credits’ (ie; taxpayer-funded insurance premium subsidies for those earning up to 400% of the federal poverty level), she writes “The bill specifically says that people in the United States illegally are not eligible for tax credits, on page 132, section 242.” , and seems to be content to take that simple statement at face value and move on.
Yet just a couple of paragraphs later, she actually agrees with FAIR’s position that the lack of citizenship verification policies in HR3200 will actually allow illegals to gain access to both the public option or the exchange.
OK then, so what’s to stop them from obtaining the affordability credits? Absolutely nothing, because there is no verification process mandated in the bill.
(This would be a good time to remind our readers that two republican-sponsored amendments that would have required citizenship verification were voted down by the democrats.)
She then goes on to state outright “Under health care reform, illegal immigrants would be able to buy private insurance or the public option.”
OK then, so what exactly is this woman’s argument? She set out to prove that Obama did not lie, but then proceeds to make the case that illegals would indeed be covered under the proposed house bill – basically reinforcing the widely-held perception that Obama did in fact lie.
Another point worth mentioning is that even if illegals were to pay full price for their coverage under either the proposed exchange or public option, what happens when they need to take advantage of that insurance coverage? Who do you think pays then? I won’t name names, but their initials are t-h-e A-m-e-r-i-c-a-n t-a-x-p-a-y-e-r
But it gets better still:
When we look at all of this evidence, it seems that health reform leaves in place the status quo on illegal immigration, and certainly does not provide any new benefits particularly for illegal immigrants.
“…particularly for illegal immigrants” as in written specifically for them? That’s not what we’re talking about.
First of all, if HR 3200 only left in place that status quo, that alone would be unacceptable. But if we are in agreement that the lack of any form of citizenship verification requirements in HR3200 would allow illegals access to the system – and we are – then it would also allow them access to ‘affordability credits’, ie taxpayer-subsidized health insurance. That, Ms Holan, IS a new benefit, one that doesn’t currently exist for the illegals in this country.
Anyone got a spoon?
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