Liberal bleeding hearts are stopping at nothing to push the agenda of illegal immigrants. Everything from free college tuition to the ever debated issue of healthcare.
While the GOP has worked hard to repeal ObamaCare, Representative Luis Gutiérrez, an Illinois Democrat, wants to extend the healthcare exchange to –you guessed it– illegal aliens. Wednesday he proposed a bill that would do just that.
He is capitalizing on the moral appeal of Pope Francis’ historic visit to the U.S., and trying to guilt the House he said in his statement on the House floor:
“Doing unto others as you would have them do unto you means moving forward with no restrictions on which brother and sister and neighbor we think of as ‘eligible’ or ‘deserving’ ”
He refers to illegal immigrants as our nation’s “most vulnerable” and that we have an obligation to care for them and make provisions for their health.
Gutiérrez claims that the benefits will extend to legal residents as well. Broadening access to the healthcare platform, he believes, will make patient pools younger and healthier. This, he says, would make insurance costs lower for those already enrolled. More people in, more money in, lower costs; it seems simple enough, right?
Gutiérrez’s belief is that hospitals having to care for the uninsured is a problem best solved by requiring “younger” and “healthier” workers to join the exchanges.
Enacted in 2010, the current policies exclude illegal immigrants. But the bill would call for working aliens to apply to the exchanges and buy insurance like everyone else. Gutiérrez says, “The goal is to make integration and inclusion real for millions of families that are locked out under current law.”
He goes onto say that the illegal immigrants applying would not get special treatment in the exchange process but would be subject to regular rules of residency in their states. It would also make them eligible for subsidies, “if and when they file taxes”. His words, if and when they file taxes. But isn’t inclusion in the exchanges in the first place special treatment?
As for now, Gutiérrez’s scheme is dead in the water. Congress is controlled by Republicans and immigration reform bills have been refused across the board. He even admits that is unlikely that the outgoing Speaker will address immigration.
How this plays out will doubtless be quiet as the 2016 election continues to heat up.