Posted on June 30, 2009

La Raza: “If the American People Found Out . . .”

DirectorBlue Blog, June 27, 2009

“Suzanne,” a female caller to Mark Levin’s show on June 25th, revealed the ominous secret of the Democrat health care reform effort.

“I want to tell you that last week I attended a conference on health care reform sponsored by La Raza. And I will tell you that what they had to say, Mark, is scarier than anything that’s been said so far on the health care plan.

“The kind of comments that were made and the notes that I took . . . they started the conference out by saying ‘America does not need health care reform, but Latino immigrants need health care reform.’

“And someone from Menendez’ office [Ed.: Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.] promised that he would make sure that “the useless barriers of citizenship would not be in this bill” and that he would make sure that they would use keywords like ‘streamline’ . . .”

“It was La Raza, the Childrens Defense Fund and Senator Menendez from New Jersey, a representative from his office . . .”

“Yes [they said they would get free health care for illegal aliens], these are my notes, Mark. They actually got up and said ‘Latino children need health care more than whites.’ And then they would say things like ‘you must go out into your communities, use words like “streamline,” use phrases like “all workers” and “all families,”‘ because they said–and I quote–‘If the American people find out that this bill is about giving health care to non-citizens, they will rise up against it.’

“One of the quotes they said was, ‘We want to make sure we take care of barriers like verification, but we can streamline programs to the more affluent’ and, quote, ‘Useless treatments for the elderly can be gone because we don’t need to spend money for people who are going to die anyway.’

“That’s a direct quote from that meeting. They also said, ‘We are very concerned there will be an effort to include’ the illegal immigrants in this argument, so ‘we must make sure that we focus this” to the American people that it’s looking like we want “health care for everyone.’

“And they also said that 75% of the children who will be picked up in this will be non-citizens and that 44% of the uninsured are non-citizens and they can’t possibly allow the American people to know this.

“Menendez’ office said that he’s going to make sure that ‘a family of four that makes $66,000 a year or less will pay nothing at all for the new health care.’ And he was the one who said he was going to get rid of specifics like ‘citizenship status’ and focus on, quote, ‘equity for all workers.’

“And he said he’s going to make sure that the Latino immigrants are the focus of the health care reform.

“And La Raza said if they get this, they don’t even care about amnesty, because they’ve fixed it so that one family member can apply for all extended family members. And . . . Mark, if you think we have a problem with illegal immigration now, wait ’til you see the borders when this thing gets passed.”



June 15, 2009

Washington, DC–As our nation’s leaders consider health care reform in the coming weeks, NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, strongly urges President Obama and Congress to make every effort to ensure that health care reform reaches all communities. No single community stands to gain as much from this important debate as Latinos. [Emphasis added —Ed.] In the U.S., one out of every three uninsured persons and roughly 40% of all uninsured children are Latino. NCLR stands for health care reform that makes coverage affordable and accessible for everyone–all families and all children.

“We all use doctors and hospitals for care, so it’s right that everyone in the U.S. should contribute to a new health system. Latinos accept their responsibility, and if they have the opportunity, they will pay their fair share for the health coverage they need,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.

NCLR cautions, however, that the positive impact of several reform proposals on the table may be undermined by additional measures that would severely restrict access to health coverage by mandating new, expensive verification and documentation procedures. “This debate should be about health care for all, and setting the nation on a pathway to future health and well-being. Adding layers of immigrant verification and bureaucratic red tape to a new health care system would guarantee that millions of citizen children are effectively barred from accessing preventive care and would raise the cost of health care,” Murguía noted.

“For this reason, we are extremely concerned that some view health reform as a way to scapegoat immigrants,” Murguía continued. “We agree that the immigration system needs to be fixed, but address that problem separately through immigration reform. The best way to reduce costs in our health care system is to ensure that people do not have to follow a long paper trail to get to the doctor and that everyone shares the costs of a new system. Making health care easier to use and accessible for all workers and children is simple common sense.”

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