HHS: Obamacare-Funded Health Centers for ‘Migrants’ Won’t Check Immigration Status

Matt Cover, CNS News, August 10, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Tuesday that it has awarded $28.8 million to 67 community health centers with funds from the Obamacare health reform law.

Of that $28.8 million, “approximately $8.5 million will be used by 25 New Access Point awardees to target services to migrant and seasonal farm workers,” Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Spokeswoman Judy Andrews told CNSNews.com. HRSA is a part of HHS.

Andrews said that grant recipients will not check the immigration status of people seeking services.

“Health centers do not, as a matter of routine practice, ask about or collect data on citizenship or other matters not related to the treatment needs of the patients seeking health services at the center,” Andrews said.

Further, the grant recipients are required to serve “all residents” who walk through their doors.

“The Program’s authorizing statute does not affirmatively address immigration status,” said Andrews. “Rather, it simply states that health centers are required to provide primary health care to all residents of the health center’s service area without regard for ability to pay.”

These Obamacare disbursements seem to contradict a claim President Obama famously made in a nationally televised speech to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 9, 2009.

“The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally,” Obama said then.

When Obama said these words, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shouted out from the House floor: “You lie!” After the speech, Wilson called the White House and apologized for his remark and issued a statement saying he was sorry for it and President Obama accepted his apology. {snip}

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Because the health care centers receiving $8.5 million in Obamacare money “to target services to migrant and seasonal farm workers” will not check the immigration status of the migrant workers who seek their services it is inevitable that they will serve illegal aliens.

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  • Anonymous

    Until more people: A) Are willing to shout no matter the consequences, B) Not apologize for shouting, and C) not care whether they are called “racists” then Obama and his ilk will win.

  • Flaxen-headed Strumpet

    “The Program’s authorizing statute does not affirmatively address immigration status,” said Andrews. “Rather, it simply states that health centers are required to provide primary health care to all residents of the health center’s service area without regard for ability to pay.”

    Well, if there is no “regard for ability to pay”, then there is effectively no means testing. Warren Buffet, Carlos Slim, Bill Gates and George Soros would be eligible to receive free services at one of these clinics as long as they worked a tomato patch in the backyards of any one of their US residences.

  • June

    Well, Joe, you apologized too early. You were right all along and we knew it.

  • WIWorker

    I work in Wisconsin, and several of the places I frequent in my workweek are very close to human “service” agencies, both public and private, and I can say without a doubt: Illegal alien families are scamming the HELL out of us honest taxpayers!! They are trooping in and out all day long, gathering up benefits for their supposed “U.S. CITIZEN” children they managed to pop out while on our soil, and they are enjoying a massively subsidized lifestyle in this country. Queries to law enforcement and agency personnel in the areas of which I speak are met with either “don’t ask; don’t tell” policies regarding illegal aliens, or, once in awhile I’ll find a deputy or front-line worker who’ll speak off the record and tell me about how lawless and reckless the male Hispanic illegal alien population is in general, and how they either make babies with another illegal woman, or they manage to “breed up” a local girl who’s never done too well with the menfolk locally, and BOOM! Just like that, a federal/state/local subsidy train starts rolling right through their household, propping them up on OUR DIME!!

    Are they appreciative and do they try to assimilate and teach their children that the generosity of the uniquely American Judeo-Christian ethic is the only thing keeping them from starving or returning to their crappy home country?? NO!! They continue to speak their mother tongue to their children, demand all written materials from government be in their tongue, and “MILK” the heck out of any agency or charity that will give them handouts!! Oh, and for good measure, they drunk-drive and gang-bang and kill Americans at an exponentially higher rate than any other group, but still expect all that government largesse to be on their table when they’re bailed out of jail…

    ENOUGH ALREADY!!

  • Mr.White

    4 — WIWorker wrote at 12:00 PM on August 14:

    “I work in Wisconsin, and several of the places I frequent in my workweek are very close to human “service” agencies, both public and private, and I can say without a doubt: Illegal alien families are scamming the HELL out of us honest taxpayers!! They are trooping in and out all day long, gathering up benefits for their supposed “U.S. CITIZEN” children they managed to pop out while on our soil, and they are enjoying a massively subsidized lifestyle in this country. Queries to law enforcement and agency personnel in the areas of which I speak are met with either “don’t ask; don’t tell” policies regarding illegal aliens, or, once in awhile I’ll find a deputy or front-line worker who’ll speak off the record and tell me about how lawless and reckless the male Hispanic illegal alien population is in general, and how they either make babies with another illegal woman, or they manage to “breed up” a local girl who’s never done too well with the menfolk locally, and BOOM! Just like that, a federal/state/local subsidy train starts rolling right through their household, propping them up on OUR DIME!!

    Are they appreciative and do they try to assimilate and teach their children that the generosity of the uniquely American Judeo-Christian ethic is the only thing keeping them from starving or returning to their crappy home country?? NO!! They continue to speak their mother tongue to their children, demand all written materials from government be in their tongue, and “MILK” the heck out of any agency or charity that will give them handouts!! Oh, and for good measure, they drunk-drive and gang-bang and kill Americans at an exponentially higher rate than any other group, but still expect all that government largesse to be on their table when they’re bailed out of jail…

    ENOUGH ALREADY!!’

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    You haven’t seen anything…come to California and you’ll REALLY be pissed off!