Mass. High Court Rules For Legal Immigrants In Health Coverage Case

BOSTON — The state must restore full health insurance benefits for about 40,000 legal immigrants who were given slimmed-down coverage three years ago to save money.

The state Supreme Judicial Court said Thursday that cheaper insurance the Legislature created for legal immigrants in 2009 “violates their rights to equal protection.”

Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, the director at Health Care for All, is celebrating the decision.

“We know that this is absolutely the right thing and it’s an affirmation of what this state has done consistently on behalf of the people in Massachusetts and on behalf of the health reform law that we stand so firmly behind,” she said.

Restoring full health coverage through the state’s Commonwealth Care program could cost about $150 million.

“We all respect the court’s decision and we’ll work expeditiously to identify the resources to comply with the court’s decision,” said Glen Shor, who runs the state’s Health Connector.

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  • Dave Francis

    As the presidential candidates move along to the state of New Hampshire, voters
    should question each person remaining in the race about illegal immigration? Then
    a necessary question to ask the voters of New Hampshire, do you think the
    current numbers of illegal aliens is not a major problem? Then mull over this!
    The current population of illegal migrants from South of our border, and the
    passenger illegal immigrants who fly from other countries and overstay their
    visas is higher than the entire population of 13 states. This includes
    Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Montana, Rhode
    Island, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Idaho, Maine and Nebraska as a whole.


    The insidious practice of having a pregnant
    illegal alien intentionally entering our sovereign nation is incomprehensible.
    It is a means to a beneficial end–to financially place the weight of the baby’s
    birth on the taxpayer, as the hospitals cannot absorb the fees wrought on them,
    especially in Border States.  They also purposely
    try to get pregnant while here, as in the majority of cases deportation is held
    in a vacuum. The number of U.S.-citizen children born to illegal
    immigrants has dramatically increased over the past five years from 2.7 million
    in 2003 to 4 million in 2008, according to a study released Tuesday. The Pew
    Research Center concludes that nearly 10 percent of children born in the United
    States are born to illegal alien mothers.  This is exploitation and a loophole
    of the 14th amendment. The reason is practical—for as the illegally individual
    arrives in our nation from a otherwise poor country, everything for the new
    born is free.


    Congress and sponsored by Steve King’s (R-IA) Birthright Citizenship Act of
    2011 (H.R.140) would amend the law so the unborn babies of illegal aliens
    smuggled calculatedly through borders or by international flight are ineligible
    for citizenship. A further explanation to amending this part of 14th
    Amendment, is the less obvious reason? Illegal aliens once they have a foothold
    in America can then petition the courts for legal status. Although many years
    may pass once gaining citizenship, they can then partition under the family
    unification laws, bring even more family members to these lands and like a
    giant pyramid scheme, just replicates.


    Another preference bill is the ‘Legal Workforce Act’ or recognized
    as mandatory E-Verify program. This current bill, H.R. 2885 can right some
    massive wrongs and impose ‘Attrition through Enforcement’ guaranteeing that
    illegal aliens will self deport taking their families with them if no work is
    available. Taxpayers and jobless workers can expedite this method by
    stringently complaining to the Federal and State offices of Senators and the
    Congressional House phone switchboard at 202-224-3121. Do not let them deliberately
    hold back this law as it will help relieve some of the 22 million unemployed
    American job seekers. This is a simple, less aggressive and relatively free from
    taxpayer’s expense, as nationwide employers will no longer be able to skirt
    this law. There will be no mitigating circumstance as many will see the inside
    of federal prison cell. Not only has 73 Republicans; mostly fresh Tea Party
    politicians, but also 3 Democrats have also co-sponsored this imperative bill
    as to date.


    Romney during a campaign stop in Iowa on New Year’s Eve, the former governor
    stated that he would veto the so-called DREAM Act if he was president. And as
    governor of Massachusetts, Romney allowed state troopers to be deputized to
    help with the enforcement of immigration laws. He also opposed attempts to
    allow illegal aliens to pay the lower in-state tuition rates at state
    universities. Although he opposes the DREAM Act, Romney seems open to grant
    legal residency status to those who serve in the U.S. military.


    Rick Santorum throughout
    his time as senator, Santorum consistently opposed bills that would grant
    amnesty or other legalization benefits for illegal aliens. He voted against a
    bill that would have produced a guest worker program with a path to US
    citizenship for certain illegal aliens. In addition he voted in opposition to a
    bill that would allow certain illegal aliens to participate in social security
    system. Rick Santorum also voted in support of constructing a fence along our
    Southern border and doesn’t believe in amnesty, although he opposes deporting
    the millions of illegal aliens already residing in the U.S.


    Ron Paul has a similar attitude towards
    illegal immigration, that he opposes Amnesty, but does not support deporting
    the estimated 20 million plus illegal aliens currently squatting in the U.S.
    Paul, Like introduced a bill that would amend the 14th Amendment to the
    Constitution so that children born to non-citizens within the U.S. could not
    attain automatic citizenship.


    Rep. Michele Bachmann
    of Massachusetts has the best stance on illegal immigration, but unhappily she
    has stepped down as a presidential candidate. Although Bachman has left the
    race, she will still carry the banner of the TEA PARTY.  As Senators and House members are
    regurgitated so to speak for reelection. We must insist that they will follow
    the laws passed down to us by our founding fathers? Not the Socialist movement
    by President Obama and his rat patrol, assaulting the sovereign rights of
    individual states. Every politician should promise to uphold the U.S.
    Constitution, which is the promise to tens of millions of TEA PARTY members of
    freedom and liberty. To restrain a government out of control and shrink it; to
    rewrite the antique current tax code and replacing it with a fair and equitable
    tax for all and no special advantages for those in power; open up our abundant
    oil deposits and tell the environmentalists, ‘to put a sock in it.’ Read more
    about these propagating issues at the NumbersUSA website. You can also
    investigate these major problems at (FAIR) Federation of American Immigration
    Reform and a daily exercise in nationwide newspaper editorial at American
    Patrol. More eye opening reports can be studied at Judicial Watch, a public
    legal website dealing with the overflowing corruption in the federal government
    and at state level.


    To list ALL the dangers are both financial and criminal that illegal
    immigration brings to the Citizens of the United States of America is
    overwhelming. To provide another “Amnesty” reminiscent of the failed blanket
    program of 1986, (The Immigration Control and Reform Act that systematically
    allowed 3 Million illegal aliens to become legitimate.  As according to the defunct Bear-Stearns
    company report http://www.steinreport.com/BearStearnsStudy.pdf 
    That in 2005, Bear-Stearns estimated the illegal population near 20 million
    plus, amongst other mind boggling statistics. IF THE NUMBER OF FOREIGNERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WAS APPROXIMATELY 20
    MILLION PEOPLE TODAY?  Most American recognizes
    that you cannot trust government demographics and specifically the Liberal
    Progressives on statistics? Any new Amnesty as discussed by former House
    Speaker Newt Gingrich will only tempt to bring a wave of illegal immigration
    like the USA has never seen before. We have always been a ‘Nation of Laws’ as identified
    in the U.S. Constitution. Although of late, this President has been derelict in
    his duties, in informing Congress on numerous action he has taken.


    Illegal nationals knew the consequence of
    deportation and that they were breaking laws in our country. All patriotic
    Americans need to make a stand NOW or the cornucopia of benefits will dwindle
    for our own people—trying to get back on the feet. Also stop the abuse of the
    14th Amendment with the traditional term “Anchor Babies” that must be
    repealed. It makes it easy to evade current citizenship requirements. Demand
    that illegal entry becomes a “felony” which will radically reduce
    attempts to cross the border, or overstay visas. This especially appropriate as
    the 42 percent of intentional ‘Overstays’ will recognize if they are caught and
    deported, they cannot return legally for ten years. Additionally we have President Barack Obama questionable association
    with ACORN, AHCOA (Affordable Housing Centers of America), the
    renamed ACORN Housing organization which has a long history of corrupt activity,
    including voter fraud and other illicit association, costing billions of
    taxpayer dollars.

  • Mark Whipple

    The US is insane.  This bill apparently applies to ‘legal’ immigrants.  But we’re still providing free k-12 education for illegals, free medicare and welfare, and making their children automatically become citizens.  No other country in the world does this, and the US can’t afford to continue.

  • Ray

    I am really upset by all the vitriol I read about concerning immigrants. All this court decision does is to provide the same health care subsidies to permanent residents as it does to citizens. They have to follow the eligibility criteria as US citizens. Permanent residents pay sales taxes and income taxes so they deserve the same privileges from the state as everyone else.

    As to everything else I have read. When immigrants are unemployed, they are considered to be scrounging from the state; when they are working, they are stealing the jobs of US citizens. When they are poor, they are driving living standards down; when they are rich, they are driving general prices up. Immigrants cannot win in such a situation: they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

    The social and economic problems of the USA are not the fault of immigrants. They pay more in taxes than the average US citizen and commit less crime. Scapegoating them is grossly unfair.

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