Now GOP Wants an Individual Mandate
... but only for undocumented immigrants
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2013 12:06 PM CDT
An immigrant at a naturalization ceremony.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – House Republicans drafting new immigration reforms are in talks over a rule that would require undocumented immigrants to buy their own health insurance before they can gain citizenship, reports Politico. It seems a surprising about-face from a party that has been so vehemently opposed to an individual mandate for citizens—but supporters say voters will understand that different rules should apply to non-citizens. "It's individual responsibility for these folks to earn their ability to stay in the United States, to work in the United States, and to be legalized in the United States, and a big part of that has to be that they’re not a public charge," says a Republican member of the House immigration group.

Other conservatives are not so sure. "It's totally reasonable to make sure you don’t expand the welfare state, but there’s no need to do that by imposing a discredited, Obama-style individual mandate,” says a Cato Institute spokesperson. "I think it's such a glaring and obvious contradiction that they’ll have to drop it." ObamaCare does not allow undocumented immigrants to receive any subsidies or Medicaid, but it also doesn't require them to have coverage. "You can't ask somebody to buy something they can't afford, then deny them the ability to get any help," says ObamaCare co-author Henry Waxman.

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May 31, 2013 11:19 AM CDT
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May 29, 2013 1:45 PM CDT
no mandates on health care. its a stupid rotten idea. no more supporting for profit medicine through mandates. 100 percent nationalized hralth care. if you are going to let them be nationalized.l then no rules arent different for them than for anyone else. what kind of america is that? you either want them apart of your country or not.
May 29, 2013 1:16 PM CDT
I would have no problem with this. The basic difference is that it would be purely based on choice, not mandate. Come legally and want to be a citizen: it's irrelevant as it doesn't apply to you Come illegally and not want to be a citizen: it's irrelevant as it doesn't apply to you Only if you choose to both be here illegally and to become a citizen does it come into play. Of course, I think that a far better move would be to revamp our immigration system entirely. Give illegal immigrants a choice: voluntarily register and then have an equal shot at immigration as anyone else or be sent home and barred from returning. Next, expand legal immigration. Legal immigration can be a great boon to this country. The focus should be on the benefits of immigration, not as something to be grudgingly tolerated