SCHIP Victory in the House earlier this week

January 17th, 2009 · 19 Comments

I want to note that on Wednesday of this week, the House of Representatives voted to reauthorize SCHIP, which would add more children to government subsidized health insurance. This health care coverage assists children from working families whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. Also worth noting is that the version of this bill that passed the house includes health care coverage for lawfully present immigrant children.

While immigrant advocacy groups are hopeful that the Senate version of this bill will include immigrant children, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) has excluded benefits for this vulnerable group of kids in his marked up version of the bill. Republicans in the Senate are arguing that easing restrictions on immigrant children’s access to the health coverage would provoke an outcry and that the program does not do an adequate job of preventing undocumented immigrants from signing up.

Hispanic Congressional Representatives, including Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), were instrumental in pushing this legislation forward with the provisions for immigrant children. You can see the House Roll Call on this bill here. Thank you Congressional Hispanic Caucus for supporting this!

My thought is that immigrant children, whether undocumented or not, did not have a choice in how they arrived here. Should they need health care, they should receive it. We could avoid public health crises by treating basic illnesses before they become deadly, possibly putting US citizens at risk.

Finally, the House version of SCHIP would be funded by an increase in tobacco excise tax. I’m perfectly fine with tacking additional taxes on tobacco sales. Here is an opportunity to extract something positive from a dirty habit.

Tags: Congressional Hispanic Caucus · health care · Immigration · Rep. Lincoln Diaz Balart · Rep. Xavier Becerra

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 HispanicPundit // Jan 17, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    And here is the argument against expanding SCHIP.

    I have mixed feelings on this legislation.

  • 2 dfdeportation // Jan 17, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    If smoking is outlawed and everybody is educated to the point of becoming non-smokers, where will you really be getting the money to pay for this?????

  • 3 dfdeportation // Jan 17, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Calling Illegal Aliens the same as “immigrants” is misleading and dishonest. This is a great subject to finally see your open-borders zealotry revealed. How dare you foist this overbearing burden onto the American taxpayer. Especially after WE ALLOW over a million LEGAL immigrants into our country EVERY YEAR! You have absolutely no shame whatsoever!!!

  • 4 Anna // Jan 18, 2009 at 11:13 am

    No human being is an “alien.” That’s a term designed to do at least two things:

    1) to dehumanize Mexican people who are crossing the border in search of work. Millions of them have been economically displaced because of NAFTA. Rendering somebody non-human is the first step toward legitimizing violence against that person. The corporations want workers to fight with each other so that they don’t form alliances (unions) or question policy (NAFTA).

    2) Render people of Mexican origin “foreign.” This has been going on for the last 150+ years. Mexicans are indigenous and have been on this continent for thousands of years. That bugs the hell out of some people, so they have to rewrite history. They make the indigenous population “foreign” and themselves the “natives.” When I was growing up, a “native Californian” was somebody with blonde hair and blue eyes, whose parents came from the midwest. lol

    Definition of an immigrant: a person who migrates to another country.

  • 5 dfdeportation // Jan 18, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I coudn’t find a category for “hunter-gatherers”…

  • 6 webmaster // Jan 18, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    “Calling Illegal Aliens the same as “immigrants” is misleading and dishonest. This is a great subject to finally see your open-borders zealotry revealed.”

    I don’t have an open border zealotry. Undocumented immigrants or “illegal aliens” as you and the government calls them are still immigrants, more specifically, they are economic refugees. We welcome with open arms Cubans who make it to shore to escape their economic hardships, yet we turn away people from other countries and hunt them down like animals. It doesn’t seem that we apply immigration policy equitably.

    It sounds like you would rather not treat sick children and instead let their illnesses become larger public health issues. How short-sighted of you.

  • 7 Anna // Jan 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Re: “I coudn’t find a category for “hunter-gatherers”…

    Look in your own family tree.

  • 8 Anna // Jan 18, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Re: “are still immigrants, more specifically, they are economic refugees.”

    Exactly. NAFTA is about the movement of goods and labor. They knew this massive immigration would happen when they negotiated and signed that trade agreement.

  • 9 dfdeportation // Jan 18, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Re: “It sounds like you would rather not treat sick children and instead let their illnesses become larger public health issues. How short-sighted of you.”

    When you have an untenable position, use extortion as a last result? Americans are not intimidated nor shamed by your open-borders nonsense. We’ll take care of our own problems and they can take care of theirs. Fair enough?
    Webmaster, you’re sounding a bit like
    Mr. Paulsen from the Bush Adm. with these bailouts. So sad.

  • 10 dfdeportation // Jan 18, 2009 at 7:11 pm

  • 11 dfdeportation // Jan 18, 2009 at 7:15 pm

  • 12 Reyfeo // Jan 18, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I too feel for children who came here and “did not have a choice in how they arrived here”, BUT it doesn’t make it right.

    Where do we draw the line…also, I take it Anna and the writer of this piece (and some of you others who agree with this legislation) is/are from California…it is exactly this (save the world) mentality that has sucked their economy dry. In fact, too many benefits to “undocumented” immigirants/aliens/travlers/passer-bys, etc (whatever makes you feel better Anna), is the reason California is in the hole to the tune of $8B. Is this really what you want to do to the rest of the 49 states? Where/how will you pay for this.
    This is the same legislation Pre Bush wouldn’t sign, because some of us don’t believe in adding “more children to government subsidized health insurance”…It’s socialism!!
    “Economic refugees” Anna? Please!! Shall we bring all of the Darfur kids here as well…their dying too! Also, you’re the one who wants us out of Iraq, right? Screw the Iraqi people and lets get out, with your “Bush Lied, Kids Died” mantra…but sure lets save every Mexican kid here who didn’t have a choice! And what about the rest fo the African states and thier kids, and what about the rest of the world who is wanting to come here, shall we bring them over and add them to the list of those to recieve benefits? Please, I too feel, but for once get real and stop spending money we don’t have! Also, make note, not al Latinos agree with this, some us know it’s America first and that means you have to be American.

  • 13 Anna // Jan 18, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    I never took a stand on SCHIP. Can’t you read?

    Secondly, California had a 17 billion dollar surplus when Davis was Governor. Then in 2001, Dubya became President and his Texas Enron buddies created a bogus energy “crisis,” in which they manipulated the cost of power, which ate up our surplus and put us billions of dollars in debt.

    Then they came up with a bogus and probably illegal “recall” election and installed their puppet whose job it is to keep this state in debt. That’s how Wall St makes its money–from the interest payments on the debt and deficit. That’s where our tax money goes. Not to schools and transportation, all of which are being slashed.

    And yes, the immigrants are economic refugees, who have been displaced by NAFTA. As I said, this was the intended consequence of NAFTA–economic displacement and massive migration.

  • 14 Reyfeo // Jan 19, 2009 at 8:43 am

    The take a stand one way or the other and stop bashing Bush for are your (California’s) problems…there are plenty of Democrats who need a little prodding as well!

  • 15 dfdeportation // Jan 19, 2009 at 9:11 am

  • 16 Anna // Jan 19, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Everybody’s problems sould ease up now that Dubya and his crooks are leaving.

  • 17 dfdeportation // Jan 19, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Still don’t know if Dubya is just a crook or an incopetent moron. maybe a bit of both?

  • 18 dfdeportation // Jan 19, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Still not one compelling reason for me too support SCHIP towards the health care costs for these criminal Illegal Aliens and their kids…

  • 19 SDChe // Mar 6, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    It’s socialism!!
    “Economic refugees” Anna? Please!! Shall we bring all of the Darfur kids here as well…their dying too!

    How does someone come into this country and pander to destroy the very same system of free markets that has made the US the world powerhouse.
    Yes in the short run immigration increases worldwide economic efficiency, but that’s assuming that once balanced out and labor demand is met, labor supply will stop coming.

    BUT that is not the case, cheap labor supply still keeps on coming and coming and coming…. When does it stop? Why do you think California is F%$#@ broke and I’m getting taxed up the a$$. Our economy is overwhelmed with the surplus of cheap labor, that in the big picture has a marginal contributing of near zero to state GDP.

    The question people have to ask themselves is: Why should the US be a social nanny to illegals when there are already thousands upon thousands of legal immigrants every year?

    And if you start complaining about how slow the immigration process is, save your fingers, i’ve lived it and survived, thank the Lord… too slow you say? well that is what Mr. Hussein O is steering us toward, government controlled everything, ie; Socialism! :o(

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