C'mon. These advocates are pretty darn politically savvy. Certainly these advocates know that the illegals won't be included in the Obama health care plan. Why are they so uncharacteristically quiet? What do the immigrant rights groups know that we don't?
Kudos to "MedPage Today" correspondent, Emily Walker for her great reporting on a critical issue that I wish I had thought of myself.
Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) admits that even if the Obama care becomes a reality (God help us all), only 94% to 96% of the United States population will be insured. That means that 15 to 20 million people in our country will remain uninsured!
Who on Earth are those 15-20 million people that will be uninsured? The illegal/undocumented . . . illegal aliens.
Certainly our health care system will continue to provide health care to the illegal aliens. Does Obama, Daschle, David Snow or Nancy Ann DeParle intend to share the details with us?
If the hospitals will continue to bear the costs, will the illegals be subjected to the health care rationing and decision making by the Daschle federal medical board? I doubt it. These illegals have rights!
WASHINGTON, May 21 -- Even if the leading healthcare reform plan for the nation is enacted and successful, 15 to 20 million people will remain uninsured, the proposal's main architect said.
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) told reporters Thursday that his healthcare plan -- which he's hammering out with fellow Senate Finance Committee members -- is likely to cover 94% to 96% of the U.S. population.
President Barack Obama campaigned on a promise to insure all Americans, but in recent weeks, Baucus has downplayed the president's promise and said insuring everyone would be unlikely.
Hard-to-track people will likely slip through the cracks, Baucus said yesterday during a breakfast briefing sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Baucus told the group that his plan would not cover illegal immigrants who are working in the U.S., which means hospitals would probably bear the cost of treating those in the country illegally.
"We're not going to cover undocumented workers because that's too politically explosive," he said.
Baucus said the committee is still figuring out ways to offset the costs of extending coverage, including a controversial proposal to tax employee health benefits.
According to the Joint Committee On Taxation, the current tax exemption for employer-sponsored healthcare cost the government $226 billion in foregone 2008 taxes.
He called the exemption "regressive" and discussed the option of putting an income cap on employer-sponsored benefits.
"Many experts say that's regressive: The higher the income, the greater the benefit, and it encourages overutilization," he said.
Baucus said negotiations are still on track to introduce a healthcare reform bill in mid-June, and said there is a 75% to 85% chance the final package will be bipartisan.
Terrific job MedPage! Keep up the great work.