“. . . The elderly have a responsibility to die, knowing that they are not going to survive their chronic illnesses, so that society can save money and pump funds into care for the younger, more worthy recipients.”
—Tom Daschle, former U.S. senator, current White House adviser
The above quote is from the 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do about the Health-Care Crisis”, by Tom Daschle et al. A Democrat from South Dakota and former Senate Minority Leader, Daschle was President Barack Obama’s choice to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, until Daschle withdrew his name because of tax problems. His ideas are found scattered throughout the healthcare bills now afloat on Capitol Hill.
Meanwhile Obama has stated that he will move $500 billion from Medicare to fund universal healthcare legislation to forcibly insure the uninsured. If that move translates to rationing of healthcare for seniors, how will the president address the millions of elderly immigrants being brought into the United States under “family unity” provisions of the Immigration & Naturalization Services Act of 1965 (INSA).
Also known as the Cellar-Hart bill, INSA reflected Democrat support for quotas favoring Third World nations, a broadened amnesty concept, and creation of a family unity provision to bring in the old folks, once the young folks get situated. Family unity remains a tenet of immigration advocates. Many immigrants, including those from China and Hispanic nations, respect and revere their elderly. Traces of ancestor worship still permeate many of the world’s cultures. For example, a recent issue of Architectural Digest featured a home in China with a floor plan designating a separate suite for “the grandparents.”
Of the five healthcare bills before Congress, the most notorious is HR 3200, aka America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, aka the Pelosi-Waxman Socialized Medicine Act. Riddled with statutory mumbo-jumbo in its 2000-plus sections, this bill could be interpreted and reinterpreted by the federal bureaucrats and their politically appointed supervisors who would be entrusted with its implementation.
Take for instance Section 152, Prohibiting Discrimination in Healthcare, which in part reads that all healthcare “shall be provided without regard to personal characteristics extraneous to the provision of high quality healthcare or related services.” In legislative jargon, “shall” means “must”. Proponents of the bill claim that Section 152 means that insurance companies cannot discriminate against anyone. Those who have actually read the bill say that it means even foreign nationals in the United States illegally “shall” be covered by the bill and “shall” be entitled to all benefits thereof.
HR 3200 would not require individuals to establish U.S. citizenship or legal residency before applying for health insurance under Section 202, the “government” or “public” option. No “individuals” would be discriminated against because of their illegal immigrant status. U.S. immigration laws, however, designate illegal immigration as a criminal offense. The Congressional Research Service (CRS), in its report on pending legislation, concluded that HR 3200, Section 141, would create a Health Choices commissioner authorized to decide all health choices including the eligibility of individuals without U.S. citizenship verification. The CRS found that Section 246, which seemingly precludes illegal aliens from participating in the government (public) option, would be, to put it mildly, “hard to enforce.”
LaRaza (the race), an open-borders advocacy group, asserts that healthcare coverage for immigrants, legal and illegal, is a moral obligation. Does this moral obligation end with elderly immigrants? Obama has stated that “undocumented” immigrants are not to be covered by the healthcare bills. His remedy, seemingly, would be to document all immigrants by way of a comprehensive pathway to citizenship bill, quick on the heels of a universal healthcare bill. By waving the amnesty wand, he would resolve all questions regarding the eligibility of illegal aliens, thus transforming perhaps 30 million persons of all ages into U.S. citizens eligible for healthcare at taxpayer expense.
If HR 3200, or anything like it, is passed by Congress, the open-borders mentality of the Obama administration will unleash a tsunami of illegal aliens crashing U.S. borders in their pursuit of healthcare. The brunt of the cost of Obamacare will rest on the shoulders of U.S. taxpayers, many who have paid federal taxes throughout their lives, including bi-weekly withdrawals from their paychecks for Social Security and Medicare. Public health insurance has never been free. The bankrupting costs of Obamacare, however, will not compare with the destructive forces that promise to “change” U.S. culture, ethos, heritage, and national sovereignty.
Present estimates — and all numbers involving illegal aliens are estimates —have 12 million to 36 million illegal aliens currently residing in the United States. Splitting the difference, 24 million illegal aliens could be an acceptable number for calculations.
Newsmedia, talking heads, academicians, and Democrat politicians assert that 45 million to 50 million “Americans” lack proper health insurance. A guestimate is that half the uninsured are non-citizens and thus ineligible for Obamacare by the president’s own words. To provide for currently uninsured U.S. citizens, surely Congress is capable of drafting a bill (far shorter than the 1,017-page HR 3200) to force U.S. citizens to purchase health insurance, whether they want it or not, unless, of course, such a bill would turn out to be unconstitutional.
Universal healthcare followed by comprehensive immigration reform will only increase the flow of illegal aliens, just as did the Ronald Reagan amnesty of 1986. Congress is on the verge of opening immigration flood gates with healthcare for all comers, be they children, parents, or grandparents.
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