Wouldn’t you know, Obama isn’t even in office and Congress is pushing through taxpayer-funded benefits for illegal aliens. CNS News is reporting on the abomination that is the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, a tremendously dumb idea previously (and surprisingly) vetoed by an otherwise spendthrift President Bush due to the tremendous expense. Now that Maximum Leader is poised to seize power, our feckless elected officials now want to hand him a bill vastly expanding entitlement spending at the same time were running massive federal deficits, and people who shouldn’t even be in this country are going to benefit. If it passes the Senate, it’s almost certain to be signed into law.
With hardly any debate, this new version of the atrocity is even worse than the ones President Bush deep sixed. Gone are the prohibitions against illegal aliens getting publicly-funded health care benefits. Requirements for beneficiaries to provide reasonable identification or proof of citizenship in order to obtain these benefits are gone as well. In order to get free healthcare, applicants need only provide a Social Security Number, and we all know how tough those are to forge, don’t we? The bill also would provide benefits for parents, and “phase out over time” existing coverage for single adults, as if a phaseout of entitlement health benefits would ever actually happen in this legislative environment. This completely guts whatever thin facade remains of the intent of this program, which was to provide a safety net for the poorest of the poor children.
Welcome to “free” government healthcare, folks, because if an illegal alien can get it, in no time actual citizens of the United States will be wondering why illegal aliens are on the gravy train they’re excluded from because they might legally earn more than $62,000 a year. The SCHIP program is the first effort to impose HillaryCare on the country with illegal aliens are at the head of the line. If they don’t commit identity fraud and admit they’re illegal, they can’t document legal income, instantly qualifying for this taxpayer-funded largesse. If they do commit identity fraud with a fake Social Security Number, a rampant problem nowadays, and don’t falsify earnings they still can get benefits most of us wouldn’t qualify for as long as they don’t pull down more than $62,000 a year.
Welcome to your new America, where illegal aliens obtain preferential treatment from our government. Let’s hope not too many of us end up losing our jobs. Illegal aliens need you to pay your taxes.
You just might want to contact your Senator.
Here’s what the cost currently is of providing healthcare benefits to illegal aliens. Just imagine what those costs will rise to once we provide even more, and encourage more illegal aliens to come to the country illegally in order to obtain these benefits.
Rubenstein cites a recent construction boom among the nation’s hospitals. As many as 60 percent of America’s hospitals are either under construction or have plans for new facilities.
‘But we have a two-tier hospital system in the U.S. Hospitals in poor areas – that serve primarily uninsured immigrants and Medicaid patients – cannot afford their facilities,’ he writes. ‘The uncompensated costs are killing them. In California, 60 emergency departments (EDs) have closed to avoid the uncompensated costs of their largely illegal alien caseloads.’
Illegal aliens use emergency rooms more than twice as often as U.S. citizens, and providing their uncompensated care has been the death of many emergency departments.
In 2006, more than 46 percent of illegals did not have medical insurance. Although illegal aliens are not supposed to be eligible for Medicaid, they receive Emergency Medicaid and their children are entitled to all benefits that legal immigrants receive.
Because hospitals are forced to care for Medicaid recipients, the government program never covers full costs of service. It underpaid hospitals by $11.3 billion in 2006, he wrote.
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