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NY Times Conversation on Health Care for Illegal Immigrants

NY Times Conversation on Health Care for Illegal Immigrants

During President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress in September, Representative Joe Wilson, Republican of South Carolina, was moved to yell, “You lie!” The reason: Mr. Obama said illegal immigrants would not gain access to subsidized insurance under the proposals circulating on Capitol Hill.

In fact, the bills would block illegal immigrants from receiving subsidies for health insurance. The White House recently went a step further, announcing that illegal immigrants would not be permitted to participate in proposed insurance exchanges, where policies are compared and sold. Is it wise to leave so many without preventive care and vulnerable to infectious disease? Can the country’s overburdened emergency rooms and public hospitals continue to function without change?