Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentImmigration · 1 decade ago

How do feel about Obamas plan to give health care to illegal aliens & leaving 20 million Americans without.?

Obama has said, proudly and often, "I am going to give health insurance to 47 million Americans who are now without coverage." But are they "Americans?"

That 47 million statistic includes illegal immigrants - who virtually all lack insurance. In fact, about one in four of those lacking insurance is here illegally. And they are, by far, the group most in need of health insurance.

About 15 million of the remaining uninsured are eligible for Medicaid but haven’t signed up - mainly because they haven’t gotten sick. When they do, they enroll in Medicaid and we pick up the full tab for their health care relatively cheaply. (About 80 percent of each Medicaid dollar goes to nursing-home care for the elderly, only about 20 percent for the medical needs of the poor.)

The rest of the uninsured pool? Virtually all the children are eligible for the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. Some aren’t enrolled because the parents haven’t bothered, but most are eligible. That leaves about 20 million uninsured adults who are US citizens or legal immigrants. There are far better ways to handle their needs than to turn our entire health-care system upside down.

Care for illegals is the biggest unmet medical need in our nation, and Obama’s program targets it squarely. But do we really want to give them federally paid coverage equal to what US senators get, as Obama proposes?

Covering illegals adds dramatically to the cost of any program - and would encourage more folks to enter America illicitly.

Obama’s plan will likely have a horrific effect on some local health-care systems.

Illegals now get free emergency-room treatment for life-threatening conditions - as any other American who’s entered an ER in an area with lots of illegals recently well knows. (Three-quarters of the illegal-immigrant population is concentrated in five states: California, New York, Florida, Texas and Illinois.)

But now they’d be eligible for the entire range of medical services, all free of charge. That would trigger severe rationing: bureaucrats deciding who gets to see an oncologist, who can have an MRI - and even who can have bypass surgery and who’d die for lack of it.

These decisions would be made not on the basis of legal status but on the brutal facts of triage: Treat the 37-year-old illegal with his whole life to live before you spend scarce resources on an overweight, diabetic, 80-year-old citizen with high blood pressure who smokes.

John McCain hasn’t raised this issue, perhaps for fear of offending the Latino vote. But polling suggests the case against rationing of health care would be as persuasive to Hispanic-American citizens as it is to the rest of us. Nobody wants to die waiting in line - especially not behind someone who snuck in ahead of us.

10 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best answer

    That is why we need to pass Bush/McCain/Kennedy Amnesty for Illegal Aliens NOW!!!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Before the first dollar is spent on Illegals we must take care of Americans and those here legally. Giving any benefits to those who are criminals by entering illegally is wrong. They are not cheap labor, they cost us more in health care, school programs, signage, special needs programs. Where I work they had Americans working at $12.00 an hour with benefits, all those Americans were laid off. My company employees almost all illegals that received amnesty a few yeas ago at $7.00 an hour without benefits. There is a visiting counselor who comes to help them receive all sorts of free benefits given to them by this county. Most of these people drive very nice cars and have stylish clothes, most of them have family member that work for cash only jobs that pay no taxes. Anything purchase or money spent in this county by them is off set by the tremendous amount of money they receive in social and government programs paid for by the Americans that have had their jobs taken from them. If it had not been for all those illegals coming here many thousand of job would still be open to Americans at a living wage with benefits.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is not the governments business to give health insurance to anyone. It would be good if the gov't made it easier to choose a good plan. and yes, why would anyone give a non-citizen anything. Can we go to France (or Mexico) and get free health insurance? Same difference. People need to take responsibility for themselves more often, please.

  • 1 decade ago

    Where have you been but illegals are already getting government benefits including access to public education and free medical care???? This is already happening. We are already paying for them. Why aren't you upset about big business collecting our money?? Bears Stearns, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, these are just the recent examples.

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  • I think Obama is nothing more than a pandering racist. His ideas and promises are absolute rubbish and if he attempts further screwing over the American people,he wont be president for very long.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think all of his plans suck donkey balls.

    Look at his "foreign policy" page, he pledges billions in aid already to other countries and he's not even elected. ******.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The same way I feel about all his wealth re-distribution plans - they stink!

  • 1 decade ago

    Obama is right he knows what to do... now shut up!!

    proud to be mexican!!

  • 1 decade ago

    And he has only just begun,giving away all our hard earned money

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Obama is an enemy of my country.

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