California Moves to Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Buy InsuranceLink: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/16/us/california-moves-to-allow-undocumented-immigrants-to-buy-insurance.html?_r=0
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?