As far as illegal aliens being able to access the proposed health insurance “exchanges,” the House version of the bill gives ‘em a green light. But Dan Carter of Air America claims the Catholic Church “has declined take up the cause for undocumented workers in the Senate.”
Not true. (I’m shocked! Air America is usually so reliable. Not.)
In a November 20, 2009, letter to U.S. Senators, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops declares:
“We support the inclusion of all immigrants, regardless of status, in the insurance exchange. The Senate legislation forbids undocumented immigrants from purchasing health-care coverage in the exchange. Undocumented immigrants should not be barred from purchasing a health insurance plan with their own money.”
First, if you’re not here legally, you’re not an “immigrant.” You’re a trespasser. Like that couple who snuck into the White House dinner last week.
Secondly, if you’re undocumented you’re illegal. Let’s call a spade a spade, shall we?
Thirdly, the proposed legislation, contrary to what the bishops are claiming, doesn’t bar illegal aliens from purchasing a health insurance plan with their own money. It bars them from buying discounted, taxpayer-subsidized health exchange insurance with their own money.
Glad we could clear that up.