The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is threatening to withhold their votes on ObamaCare if there isn’t a provision for illegals to buy into the health care exchanges set forth in the Senate bill.
From the Hill: A group of Hispanic lawmakers on Thursday will tell President Barack Obama that they may not vote for healthcare reform unless changes are made to the bill’s immigration provisions.
Since last fall, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) members have kept quiet, at least publicly, about their objections to the immigration provisions in the Senate bill.
The Senate language would prohibit illegal immigrants’ buying healthcare coverage from the proposed health exchanges. The House-passed bill isn’t as restrictive, but it does — like the Senate bill — bar illegal immigrants from receiving federal subsidies to buy health insurance.
Hispanic Democrats say they haven’t moved from their stance that they will not vote for a healthcare bill containing the Senate’s prohibitions.
They claim that while it may be politically popular in some parts of the country to ban illegal immigrants from using their own money to buy coverage, it is not good policy. Illegal immigrants will, one way or another, need medical attention in the United States, and it would be cheaper and more humane to provide them coverage if they pay for it. Otherwise, they will seek treatments in the nation’s emergency rooms, effectively increasing medical costs.
The provision that the CHC seeks cannot be fixed with reconciliation because it is not a budgetary matter. Even if it could, we all know there will be no reconciliation if the House passes the Senate bill.
There are 24 members in the CHC and they all voted for the House bill last time, even though these issues were not address. Instead the CHC was promised that the issue would have been addressed when the House and Senate bills were merged in conference. We all know that never happened.
So why are they complaining now? Simple, Nancy and Obama are desperate, so now is the time for them to press their advantage. No doubt the CHC will use their leverage to make immigration reform Obama’s next top priority and you had better believe amnesty will be part of the package.
Verum Serum says to look for a quid pro quo, he is calling it The Alien Ante!
Via: The Hill
Via: Verum Serum