Tuesday, September 20, 2016

California Moves to Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Buy Insurance

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/16/us/california-moves-to-allow-undocumented-immigrants-to-buy-insurance.html?_r=0Credit

A woman seeking advice about the Affordable Care Act in Los Angeles in 2013.  Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

Summary: The state of California asked the Obama administration to approve a plan that will allow undocumented immigrants (adults) to buy health insurance. Officials say that two million undocumented adults could be eligible  for the program. Although Obama have made it clear that illegal immigrants will be denied of health insurances under the Affordable Care Act, California's advocates argued that the plan should be approved under something called the "innovation waiver" that will allow the state - with federal government approval, to be exempted from some sections of the act that bans the undocumented from buying health insurance. This have been a struggle to the adults because their children can apply for a health insurance (Medi-Cal) and they can't. Apparently more than 135,000 children have enrolled so far, but health officials say that the actual number of those eligible is even higher. The author of the bill, state senator Ricardo De Lara, said that "we're reaffirming once again our desire to make affordable preventative care available to everyone and our belief that health care is a right and not just a privilege".

Connection to US History: The representative(s) of California are trying to promote the Melting Pot Theory. The Melting Pot Theory is when immigrants and citizens join together and "melt" to create a whole new thing.

Discussion Questions: Pretend that you are  one of the members of the federal government. Would you pass the proposed bill? Why or why not? As a citizen or legal immigrant, do you think it will be acceptable if this bill is passed? Why or why not? Do you agree with what Senator De Lara said about health care?

9 comments:

  1. This is a good act to pass because everyone deserves to have healthcare. This way if people get sick they can be treated and helped before a new disease breaks out and spreads to others.

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  2. I agree with Talia because we do not want more sick people than we already do;)

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  3. I agree with the decision to give free health care to everyone, despite if they're a citizen or not. If I was a member of the federal gov, I would pass this law. Since I am a citizen, I do think that it is acceptable that this bill is being passed because I believe in free healthcare for everyone.

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    1. I agree with you that everyone deserves to have healthcare, but, do you think the people who has a negative outlook towards these people (the people who strongly opposes immigrants coming here) will be accepting this kind of program?

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    2. Being a citizen shouldn't be the only way to free health care. I agree with Aaron because I do know some people who aren't citizens, and they would appreciate it. So free health care should not only be for citizens but for all people who work and live in the US.

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    3. Being a citizen shouldn't be the only way to free health care. I agree with Aaron because I do know some people who aren't citizens, and they would appreciate it. So free health care should not only be for citizens but for all people who work and live in the US.

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  4. Everyone's point here is justifiable. I too, firmly believe that everyone deserves to have health insurance because it is mandatory for our well being when something negative happens to us. However, if I was in the federal government, I would be more hesitant to pass the bill. I would still pass it because healthcare should be a right and not a privilege, so I definitely agree with Senator de Lara. As a citizen, this law is pretty acceptable because it should improve the conditions in our society and hopefully help the individuals around when an epidemic occurs

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  5. Like others have said in the comments above, healthcare shouldn't be limited just to citizens and legal immigrants. I'm not sure where all this free health care talk came from since the US does not offer free health care to even it's citizens unfortunately.

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