Posted by: al66888 | July 30, 2007

Universal Health Care for All- Even the Illegals!

I guess blocking the additional funding for the border fence wasn’t enough for the House Democrats.  They are now trying to remove the citizen requirement from the State Childrens Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

The Republican Congress in 1996 passed legislation blocking people who are in the country illegally from claiming benefits from the federal government, and when SCHIP was created in 1997, states were required to verify citizenship. But Democrats want to take that sensible requirement for Medicaid and SCHIP and leave it to the discretion of each state.

And it is also a step Democrats want to take toward expanding SCHIP, like their plan to expand its coverage to include children from middle-income families that make up to $83,000 per year — a plan encompassing more than 70 percent of American children. (When SCHIP first came into being it was only for families with incomes up to double the poverty level, or $40,000 for a family of four.) Expanding the program will cost $50 billion over five years; expanding it by giving states the option to not enforce the citizenship requirement pushes the price tag up even higher — although just how much would depend on how many states decide to include illegals in the program.

This is a blatant violation of using taxpayer dollars to support those who are not in this country legally. Those that do not show the respect of our laws we are now looking to give them healthcare. And why not, after all it’s free! Free healthcare for all, even for those who aren’t citizens. Anyone that still thinks that, you must have missed my post breaking down the free healthcare for the great state of WI.

You can read the full Washington Times editorial here.

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