Health care: all means all



The Los Angeles Times:

Calling access to healthcare a moral and spiritual imperative, Los Angeles faith leaders held a religious service and launched a phone bank Friday to urge congressional leaders to include illegal immigrants in any healthcare reform plan.

“If we were politicians, this would be definitely political suicide to come out for healthcare reform for those who are undocumented,” said Father Roland Lozano, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, known as La Placita, near Olvera Street. “But we’re doing it because we believe … it’s what God wants us to do.”

Father Richard Estrada, who heads an immigrant services organization known as Jovenes Inc., said inclusion of all immigrants was consistent with biblical teachings that all people are children of God who must care for society’s most vulnerable.

And the Rev. Will Wauters, vicar of the Church of the Epiphany, an Episcopal church in Lincoln Heights, said inclusion of all immigrants would benefit the proposed health insurance marketplace by expanding it with those who numerous studies have shown are younger and healthier than native-born Americans.

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  1. Proposals not to cover illegal immigrants have for months been in most of the various bills working their way through Congress. With little notice outside the walls of Congress. The groundswell of attention has come since the President last week said "There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms -- the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally." Since then the president's speech just one Senate committee has revisited the question: the Finance Committee has the toughened the language of its bill to bring it into line with the "the reforms [the President is] proposing."

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  2. I seems to me that for people of faith, health care for illegal immigrants is a moral issue that requires us to demand that all means all.

    We pay for illegal immigrants in emergency rooms, a very expensive type of care. We'd do better at controlling costs to give them access to primary care before they get so sick that they need emergency room care.

    June Butler

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