Congress and the White House Have Gone Too Far Now!!
Health Care Reform Hijacked by Anti-Immigrant Extremists
Rather than calling out the opposition’s desperate attempt to derail health care reform by using anti-immigrant scare tactics, the White House and Congress are now “spooked” and in response, threaten to deny immigrants’ access to affordable healthcare.
The White House has said no undocumented immigrants will be allowed to purchase, even at full price, health insurance for themselves or their families. Health insurance in the Exchange is not a government benefit — it’s like any other item you can purchase in our economy. Now, despite the fact that they work, pay taxes, and live with family members who are citizens or legal immigrants, undocumented immigrants will not be allowed to buy health insurance, just like everyone else, even if they are able to pay full cost.
Tell the White House and Congress to stand for what is right and pass a health care reform bill that helps, not hurts, Americans!
Calls Needed TODAY to:
- President Barack Obama at The White House
- Comments: 202-456-1111
- Switchboard: 202-456-1414
- Email: http://www.whitehouse.gov/CONTACT/
- U.S. Senate:
- Majority Leader Senator Reid (D-NV)
- Senator Baucus (D-MT) – Chair, Senate Finance Committee
- Senator Harkin (D-IA) – Chair, Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee
- Switchboard: 202-224-3121
- U.S House of Representatives:
- Speaker Pelosi (D-CA)
- Majority Leader Hoyer (D-MD)
- Representative Waxman (D-CA) – Chair, Energy & Commerce Commitee
- Representative Rangel (D-NY) – Chair, Ways & Mean Committee
- Representative Miller (D-CA) – Chair, Education & Labor Committee
- Switchboard: 202-224-3121
Keep reading for talking points and more resources.
What Washington Needs to Hear:
• We cannot fix the immigration system through health care reform. All Americans, including immigrants, need better access to health care. Preventing immigrants from paying their fair share will only make our nation weaker, less healthy, and less secure.
• Everyone should be allowed to buy health insurance through the Exchange, including undocumented immigrants who are part of our families and communities.
• Excluding or screening out people from buying health insurance defies the basic principles of the free market and is completely un-American.
• Taxpayer dollars should not be spent on complex verification schemes aimed solely at appeasing groups that will never support health care reform. The wrong verification scheme will only create administrative barriers and keep citizens from getting health care they need when they need it.
• Undocumented immigrants live with family members, including children, who are citizens and legal immigrants. Attempts to exclude the undocumented from buying health insurance will prevent eligible individuals from getting affordable health care.
• In response to the attacks, Congress should require the Secretary of Health and Human Services and/or other federal agencies to take the time to develop the most effective, cost-efficient verification method for enrolling in health insurance and getting subsidies without creating harmful and unnecessary barriers for the majority of Americans.
Additional Materials and Resources:
- New York Times Editorial, September 11, 2009
- Reasons why more individuals, not less should be in the Exchange:
Sharing the Costs, Sharing the Benefits, IPC
- Fast Facts on Immigrants, NCLR
- Portrait of Mixed Status Families who could be affected, including children:
Children of Immigrants: National and State Characteristics, Urban Institute
- Harm of the Wrong Verification Scheme in the Exchange:
- GAO Report on Unintended Consequences of Citizenship Documentation Requirements. Highlights of GAO Report
- Survey Indicates Deficit Reduction Act Jeopardizes Medicaid Coverage For 3 To 5 Million U.S. Citizens, Center on Budget Policies and Priorities (CBPP)
- New Medicaid Citizenship Documentation Requirement is Taking a Toll: States Report Enrollment Is Down and Administrative Costs Are Up, CBPP
- Medicaid Documentation Requirement Disproportionately Harms Non-Hispanics, New State Data Show Rule Mostly Hurts U.S. Citizen Children, Not Undocumented Immigrants, CBPP