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Unread 09-08-2009, 06:59 PM
 
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Default Verification amendment gutted from health care bill

I have always been against Obama's health care bill. I have just learned that he is stating no illegals will get benefits from the bill. Yet the bill has no means to verify whether someone is illegal or not.

The House Health Bill: The House Ways and Means Amendments » The Foundry (http://blog.heritage.org/2009/08/03/the-house-health-bill-the-house-ways-and-means-amendments/ - broken link)

"Taxpayer-Funded Benefits for Illegals. The House bill, as currently structured, does not offer clear guidelines to ensure that illegal immigrants cannot access taxpayer-funded health care benefits. Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced an amendment that would use two citizenship status verification systems, the Income and Eligibility Verification System (IEVS) and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) programs, to establish an individual’s eligibility to obtain the bill’s proposed affordability credits or enroll in the public insurance option. Both programs are currently used to determine citizenship status and eligibility for public assistance programs. Safeguards to guarantee that only citizens can access federal health care benefits are necessary, considering that the US Census Bureau currently estimates that 9.6 million of the uninsured are not US citizens. The first Heller amendment failed on a straight party-line vote."
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