Monday, October 24, 2011

Romney's Health Care Program for All Mass. Residents

Why wouldn't a state health care problem established for all the population offer benefits to undocumented persons?  

Yes, this could "haunt Romney" -  among those full of hate and fear about immigration.  



Medical help for illegal immigrants could haunt Mitt Romney

On the Republican campaign trail, he derides any such public aid. But the healthcare law he signed as Massachusetts governor allows it.

By Noam N. Levey, Washington Bureau
6:17 PM PDT, October 23, 2011
Reporting from Washington

The Massachusetts healthcare law that then-Gov. Mitt Romney signed in 2006 includes a program known as the Health Safety Net, which allows undocumented immigrants to get needed medical care along with others who lack insurance.

Uninsured, poor immigrants can walk into a health clinic or hospital in the state and get publicly subsidized care at virtually no cost to them, regardless of their immigration status.

The program, widely supported in Massachusetts, drew little attention when Romney signed the trailblazing healthcare law. But now it could prove problematic for the Republican presidential hopeful, who has been attacking Texas Gov. Rick Perry for supporting educational aid for children of undocumented immigrants in Texas. MORE

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