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Massachusetts Cuts Back Immigrantsí Health Care
NYTimes ^ | August 31, 2009

Posted on 08/31/2009 6:59:14 PM PDT by Steelfish

Massachusetts Cuts Back Immigrants’ Health Care

By ABBY GOODNOUGH Published: August 31, 2009

BOSTON — State-subsidized health insurance for 31,000 legal immigrants here will no longer cover dental, hospice or skilled-nursing care under a scaled-back plan that Gov. Deval Patrick announced Monday.

Mr. Patrick said his administration had struggled to find a solution “that preserves the promise of health care reform” after the state legislature cut most of the $130 million it had previously allotted immigrants, to help close a budget deficit.

Although their health benefits will be sharply curtailed in some cases, Mr. Patrick portrayed the new program as a victory, saying the services that the affected group tends to use the most will still be covered.

“It’s an extraordinary accomplishment,” he said in a conference call with reporters, “to offer virtually full coverage for the entire population that’s been impacted in the face of really extraordinary budget constraints.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: aliens; borderslanguage; culture; freehealthcare; immigration; massachusetts; mitt; mittromney; romneycare; socialservices

1 posted on 08/31/2009 6:59:14 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

I thought they said there would be no rationing.


2 posted on 08/31/2009 7:03:07 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Steelfish

This was an inevitable consequence.

Illegal alien benefits are eating away at all manner of state’s social benefits for their own legal citizens and those legal citizens also include democrats, union members and even Kool Aid drinking liberals.

Guess Cuba’s healthcare system is not very good after all, eh, Massachusetts?


3 posted on 08/31/2009 7:03:26 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Steelfish

Sounds “rasis” to me! Obama needs to invite Deval over for a beer and some brauts.


4 posted on 08/31/2009 7:08:12 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my country?)
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To: Steelfish

Oh no Eduardo “Teo” Kennedy must be rolling over in his grave..


5 posted on 08/31/2009 7:10:17 PM PDT by rolling_stone (no more bailouts, the taxpayers are out of money!)
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To: Ev Reeman; Steelfish

There are 25 million++ illegal alien peasants in America who represent about 1/2 the “46 million uninsured.”

Currently these 20 million++ illegal peasants from Mexico and Mesoamerica are sucking up HUGE amounts of America’s very generous social services.

It is very clear that the “health care reform” scam is an attempt to hoodwink the everyday American taxpayer and force them to reduce their own health care services while supporting the “universal coverage” of illegal aliens and layabouts.


6 posted on 08/31/2009 7:11:12 PM PDT by angkor (The U.S. Congress is at war with America.)
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To: angkor

Exactly.


7 posted on 08/31/2009 7:13:20 PM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: Steelfish

What will Aunti Zaytunie do?


8 posted on 08/31/2009 7:13:55 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Steelfish

Immigrants had DENTAL CARE???


9 posted on 08/31/2009 7:13:56 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Steelfish

I’m confused - are these “legal” or “illegal” immigrants?


10 posted on 08/31/2009 7:14:41 PM PDT by LET LOOSE THE DOGS OF WAR
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To: Steelfish

Someone will sue.And win.Next topic!


11 posted on 08/31/2009 7:15:28 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: Ev Reeman

Illegal aliens ENDLESS benefits and illegal aliens like Obama are bankrupting this country.


12 posted on 08/31/2009 7:16:21 PM PDT by Frantzie (Lou Dobbs & Glenn Beck- American Heroes! Bill O'Reilly = Liar)
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To: angkor

Bingo! Obama DeathCare is to steal AMERICAN seniors benefits including Soc Sec, Medicare and eventually their life savings thru higher estate taxes and give it to the more “deserving” illegal aliens, unions and third worlders.


13 posted on 08/31/2009 7:19:08 PM PDT by Frantzie (Lou Dobbs & Glenn Beck- American Heroes! Bill O'Reilly = Liar)
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To: Steelfish

And tonight they put it back.... it’s how it works up here. We’re fighting RI and Ill for the most corrupt democrats — and we’ve had Czars for a while up here. I think we’ve nosed ahead of those states, but we’ll see if they change the Kennedy seat to really lap the field.

http://www.boston.com/news/health/blog/2009/08/state_devises_n.html

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced this morning that 31,000 legal immigrants whose state-subsidized health insurance was set to expire this week have received a last-minute reprieve — although their coverage will not resume until October.

Using $40 million in emergency money designated by the Legislature, Patrick’s health and insurance czars reached an agreement with CeltiCare Health Plan of Massachusetts, a subsidiary of Missouri-based Centene Corp., to provide basic medical care for the immigrants through its health care network.


14 posted on 08/31/2009 7:20:07 PM PDT by IAintGotNoMoney
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To: LET LOOSE THE DOGS OF WAR

The NY Times says they are “legal” immigrants but I am sure they are some of the illegals in MA not all of them. I bet a s***hole like Mass has a 1 million or more illegals.


15 posted on 08/31/2009 7:20:18 PM PDT by Frantzie (Lou Dobbs & Glenn Beck- American Heroes! Bill O'Reilly = Liar)
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To: Steelfish

So the actual legal immigrants will have services cut thus will have join their illegal counterparts in using the much more expensive emergency care services that the taxpayers will have to pick up the tab as usual.

What’s the saying?: Cut your nose to spite your face.

Needless to say the article doesn’t mention illegal immigrants which is impossible to do when one mentions legal immigrants.


16 posted on 08/31/2009 7:23:35 PM PDT by torchthemummy (Sam opens bar late: "If the Post Office ran its business like yours...never mind." - Cliff Clavin)
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To: LET LOOSE THE DOGS OF WAR

I think the reference is to “legal” immigrants.


17 posted on 08/31/2009 7:28:19 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: torchthemummy

Do the math too. 40 million... for 31,000 LEGAL (cough, cough) legal immigrants. That is ~ $1300.00 for EACH immigrant per year. You have to assume a lot of those folks are families - if so, then you’re looking at a much higher per capita for these folks in “reduced care” then we have as citizens born here. If they had stuck with their original number of 130 million then it would have been $5200 per legal immigrant.

Oh... and the kicker is our rates went up... WAY up after the MA healthcare mandate. My health insurance went from $382/month (individual) to $542/month. Called Fallon (the insurer I have) and they said it’s all because of the new law. Nothing can be done about it - just pay it. You folks don’t know how bad it is with universal healthcare. We do.


18 posted on 08/31/2009 7:40:42 PM PDT by IAintGotNoMoney
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To: montag813

OH SURE. After they completely bankrupt a city, then they decide to cut back....hmmmmmm Sounds like California, Michigan, cleveland.......


19 posted on 08/31/2009 7:46:56 PM PDT by Freddd (Government run health care=paying more and being denied what we already have.)
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To: IAintGotNoMoney
"IAintGotNoMoney", You too?

If fat geese were selling for 10 cents apiece, I couldn't kiss a humming birds ass.

(An oldie but goodie that popped into my mind when I saw your screen name.)

And a hearty welcome to F.R. too.

20 posted on 08/31/2009 7:48:55 PM PDT by Graybeard58 ( In just two days from now, tomorrow will be yesterday. Selah.)
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To: socialismisinsidious


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21 posted on 08/31/2009 7:56:14 PM PDT by socialismisinsidious ( The socialist income tax system turns US citizens into beggars or quitters!)
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To: Steelfish; All

That rumbling you here is Teddy rolling over like a beached whale in his grave ...


22 posted on 08/31/2009 8:33:06 PM PDT by Lmo56
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To: Steelfish

Title misleading. It should say legal immigrants; not immigrants.


23 posted on 08/31/2009 8:35:41 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
subsidized health insurance for 31,000 legal immigrants here will no longer cover dental, hospice or skilled-nursing care

24 posted on 09/01/2009 3:58:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: Steelfish

“will no longer cover dental, hospice or skilled-nursing care”

Whoop de doo! Those things aren’t even covered by Medicare...for people who are citizens and have paid into it for their entire lives.


25 posted on 09/01/2009 4:06:11 PM PDT by AuntB (First the government cripples you, then it tries to sell you a crutch!)
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To: Steelfish
BOSTON — State-subsidized health insurance for 31,000 legal immigrants here will no longer cover dental, hospice or skilled-nursing care under a scaled-back plan that Gov. Deval Patrick announced Monday.

What is this a typo ? or is is it just more irrational "reporting"?

26 posted on 09/01/2009 4:42:42 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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