How About Pre-Natal and Birth Care for Pregnant Undocumented Women?
A child born in the U.S. is an American citizen, even if his or her mother is an undocumented resident. That's a given under the Constitution. Since anti-choicers and those willing to put extra restrictions on health insurance based on gender, like those who voted for the Stupak Amendment, believe life begins at conception, how can they justify a health care bill that denies coverage, particularly pre-natal care and birth benefits, to undocumented or out-of-status pregnant women?
Ideally, the final health care bill should not prevent benefits to the undocumented at all. No human being is illegal. But, since some form of denial is present in both the House and Senate bills, at the very least, an exception should be made in the final bill for those who are pregnant. [More....]
As I understand the bills, the House bill bars the undocumented from enrolling in the public option and from receiving subsidies for health plans. The Senate Finance Committee version is even stricter. It would prevent them from enrolling in the public exchange, even to buy insurance with their own funds.
Health care for all should include all those present in this country, whether they have proper papers or not. But for the sake of consistency, since children born here are citizens, their mothers, even if here without proper documentation, should be covered for pre-natal and medical care during pregnancy.
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