Baucus Health Insurance Plan Unfair To Immigrants

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Baucus discussin health insurance with Obama
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Democrat senator Max Baucus today in a session with reporters told that his plans will not offer health insurance coverage for undocumented immigrants because it's "too politically explosive." We find it unfair to deprive undocumented immigrants from health insurance proposed reform plan while we are quick to use their low cost services throughout the nation.

In a story published by AP, senator Max Baucus from Montana said "we aren't going to cover undocumented workers because that's too politically explosive," and added that his proposed health insurance plan will cover somewhere from 94 to 96 percent of the U.S. population. Baucus also predicted that GOP may also vote for his health insurance plan. His reform overhaul will build on the current existing system. "It's likely to include a requirement that individuals get insurance coverage, either through an employer, a government plan or on their own. He said the plan will include "incentives" - and perhaps requirements - for employers to help pay."

More than 50 million people now lack health insurance coverage. It is not known how much will Baucus health coverage cost, but some say health care reform in this country may cost about 1.5 trillion dollars.

We believe that compassion and ideology should prevail in preparing health care reform in this country vs. realpolitik. If something is too explosive politically that doesn't mean it's right or wrong. In United States years ago it was estimated that there were 10-12 million undocumented illegal immigrants, mostly from Mexico and South America. The number has probably gone up by now. Our point is that they work and contribute to our economy. We do use their services and our employers do hire them as low cost labor to be able to compete with the Asian low cost economies. We accept their contribution, but deny them participation in the upcoming health insurance reform and coverage.

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Indeed, it is right that an undocumented worker has broken the low and it is the rule of the low that has made this country great. But in that case where does that put us, documented permanent residents and citizens when we use their services knowingly and unknowingly. What about compassion being used in writing and proposing the reforms. Consider the case of undocumented boy Juan Gonzales, who is dying in an hospital because he can't get a heart transplant. His only wish is to see his parents before he dies. His parents are in Guatemala. Gonzales is at the mercy of very compassionate doctors and caring people, but the doctors say that he can't get heart transplant because he does not have the money or health insurance coverage.

Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus, (left in the picture), had a private lunch with President Barack Obama, center, on May 6 to discuss health care reform. Also at the lunch were Finance Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), right, and Vice President Joe Biden. The president wants Congress to revamp health care this year, and Baucus says he's confident that his health insurance bill can pass with support from both parties.

Proposed solution for health insurance for undocumented immigrants

eMaxHealth sees two ways to provide fair solution for the undocumented workers and illegal immigrants in this country including them in our health care system. One of the two is to show compassion and be inclusive. Currently we make it possible for the illegal immigrants to get drivers license, jobs and some kind of ID in this country and we use their services of low cost labor. We should make it possible for them to participate in our health care system as well if we are going to continue this trend. The second option is speed up the immigration reform in parallel to the health care reform. Making both of them available and solved at the same time we would basically have a solution to illegal immigration and not have the controversial topic of not providing them health insurance coverage while we do use their services and contribution to our economy.

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Comments

Are you people nuts? Illegals need to go home, not get health care at our expense. We already pay for them -- billions every year -- and we do not need to increase our costs. Making them legal would increase the costs! They need to go home. We have enough homegrown low/no skilled workers. We have no need for illegal aliens. It is scum of the earth employers that hire them, and that needs to stop. We were made a promise in 1986 and it needs to be kept. Illegal aliens deserve nothing. No one forced them to come here, and now it is time for them to leave.