Obamacare Will Cover Cover Illegals—Unless Americans Say “No!”

Whatever
Americans think about

healthcare
, they are united by the fact that they
don`t want

illegal aliens
to be covered. A Rasmussen

Poll
showed that 80% of Americans opposed the idea
and only 11% supported it. A full 70% said that it would
be a dealbreaker.

Americans
also
recognize
that the health care crisis is in large
part an immigration crisis.

59% of illegal aliens are uninsured
, more than four
times that of Americans. Immigrants—both legal and
illegal—account
for

one-third of the uninsured
. And, note carefully,
this doesn`t even include their

US citizen children
. These uninsured illegal aliens
use emergency rooms to a degree that has

shut down hospitals
across the country.

With
enough trouble trying to get Obamacare through in the
first place, Senate Finance Chair Max Baucus (D-Montana)

said
from the outset that

illegals
would not be covered in the first place
because it is too
"politically explosive."

And sure
enough the bill its present form

states
: "No
Federal Payment for

Undocumented
Aliens. Nothing in this subtitle shall
allow Federal payments for affordability credits on
behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in
the United States."

Not wanting to be completely
at odds with the
American people, when Barack
Obama was

asked
by Katie Couric if he thought illegal aliens
should be covered, he said
"no."

But he
made an exception for minors because,

"If you`ve got
children who may be here illegally but are still in
playgrounds or at schools, and potentially are passing
on illnesses and communicable diseases, that aren`t
getting vaccinated, that I think is a situation where
you may have to make an exception."

Most
states already have laws

mandating and funding vaccinations
as

prerequisite for enrolling in public school,
so this
does not require unlimited free healthcare. Of course we
could also

overturn Plyler
vs. Doe
—the controversial Supreme Court diktat
that forces local school districts to accept illegal
alien children.

At the
end of the day, Obama doesn`t think the issue of
covering illegals is important because, as he told Katie
Couric, he`d  "like to create a situation where we`re dealing with illegal
immigration, so that
we don`t have illegal immigrants.
And we`ve got
legal residents or citizens who are eligible for the
plan. And I want a comprehensive immigration plan that
creates a

pathway
to achieve that."

In other
words: we don`t need to worry about barring illegal
aliens from getting healthcare, because we`re going to
make them legal residents, and even citizens, before
long. In the meantime, they can continue to drain
our tax dollars at the emergency room.

But the Open Borders Lobby is
never satisfied. After noting that one-third of all the
uninsured and 40% of

uninsured children
are Latino, National Council of
La Raza

president
Janet Murguía

spoke out
against
"a
dding
layers of immigrant verification and bureaucratic red
tape"
to the plan.
She demanded that we make healthcare
"accessible for
all workers and children."

While the bill claims to not give
healthcare to illegals, it does not include any of that
pesky

"immigrant verification"
that Ms. Murguia is so
concerned about. The Ways and Means Committee

rejected
Congressman Dean Heller`s amendment that
required recipients of government funded healthcare to
use the screening process already in place to prevent
illegal aliens from getting means tested welfare. In
fact, there is
absolutely no mechanism whatsoever
to screen
individuals for their legal status.

Rep. Lamar Smith recently

pointed out
another loophole. Obamacare offers
family plans. And there is nothing keeping a family of
illegals getting covered so long as one of them (most
likely an anchor baby) is legal.

Yet another loophole is that the
"No Federal Payment for Illegal Aliens" clause only applies to the
"affordability
credits"
–just one of the various taxpayer-funded
options under the bill. Nothing keeps illegal aliens
from being covered by the national healthcare plan.

On Friday,
Roll Call

reported
that the

Congressional Hispanic Caucus
[CHC] is pressuring
Nancy Pelosi to include illegal aliens in the bill. One
anonymous congressman stated:
"We`re pushing to include
everyone in the health care bill. Everyone."

Roll Call
continued,

"Asked if CHC leaders will
ask Pelosi to specifically spell something out in the
bill to address illegal immigrants, the Member said no.
Rather, the Member said the CHC simply wants to make
sure the bill—as drafted—doesn`t prohibit illegal
immigrants from accessing care."
[CHC
Presses Pelosi to Include Illegal Immigrants in Health
Bill
, By Jennifer Bendery, July 24, 2009]

Like Obama, the CHC seems content to allow illegals
to sneak through the system until they inevitably
receive amnesty.

Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for the
American people, as these facts get exposed, they might
be enough to sink the entire plan.

If Obama can`t get healthcare through,

there is no way he can pass amnesty
.

But even if we are to stop illegal aliens from
getting health insurance, there is

nothing
keeping them from continuing to
burden
our

hospitals
.

Whatever
reforms need to made to our healthcare, taking care of
the illegal immigration epidemic plaguing this country
is a necessary first step.

"Washington Watcher" [email
him
] is an anonymous source Inside The
Beltway.