General

Denying health care to undocumented immigrants is just another version of a death panel

Denying health care to undocumented immigrants is just another version of a death panel

LatinaLista — During yesterday's coverage of Honduras' elections, reports were being filed from cities such as Miami, Houston, NYC and Los Angeles citing the number of Hondurans who reside in those cities but were doing their civic duty in voting for their home country's next President.

healthcare.jpg

With poverty rampant in Honduras, Haiti being the only Latin American country poorer than Honduras, it's not surprising that there is a sizeable representation of Honduran ex-patriots.

Yet, while they are here to work, an article on NaplesNews.com illustrates that their American Dream is in tatters -- but not enough to give up and move back to a country that can't even sustain its present citizens.

Their reason for staying isn't because of employment, or lack of it -- it's because their U.S.-born children don't want to move to a country they don't know.

It is a reality that underscores every major debate to be undertaken in Congress -- starting with healthcare.

 

While granting healthcare options to undocumented immigrants has been widely condemned by conservatives of both sides, the fact remains that the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants are entitled to that health coverage.

The idea to even deny children healthcare coverage, regardless of their citizenship status, is an issue that is not only highly offensive to the Latino community, for whom children do hold a special place, but a new survey reveals it is part of the broader healthcare issue now identified as the most important one for Latino voters.

A new poll released today by Latino Decisions, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico (UNM-RWJF Center), and impreMedia, shows a widespread consensus among the Latino/Hispanic electoral about the importance of health care reform and indicates significant support for expansion of coverage.

For the first time, health care tops the list of national issues identified by respondents as the most important issue Congress and the President need to address. This is particularly impressive, given that in April 2009 a similar Latino Decisions poll found that only 6% of the Latino electorate had identified health care as the most important issue.

The survey found: 74 percent of Latinos support a plan that includes a public option; 67 percent believe healthcare needs to be made available regardless of citizenship or legal residency and 61 percent would like to see universal health care.

The infamous yell of "You lie!" that triggered the backlash against undocumented immigrants to be considered for inclusion in healthcare coverage should also serve as the rallying cry for the Latino community to re-energize a political clout that must be proven wasn't an anomaly during the presidential election.

This survey is the first step. Now, it's a matter of further mobilizing the Latino electorate to make Congress see they must do what is right and just -- and humane.

Otherwise, segregating people into groups of who deserves healthcare and who doesn't is just another form of a death panel that too many in Congress have no problem endorsing.

More in General

Voting booths at Hermosa Beach City Hall during California Primary

New Census report shows critical segment of Latino population not voting

Latina ListaJuly 16, 2015
Photo by Daniel González

(Slideshow) The People of Taco Libre

Latina ListaJuly 1, 2015
High School Graduation

Guest Voz: Latest report on Latino dropouts is one to celebrate while understanding más work needs to be done

Latina ListaOctober 17, 2014
6th pass_FINAL to USE

International Peace Day to be celebrated through global concerts

Latina ListaSeptember 19, 2014
home_feature_conv14

LULAC members mark 85-year anniversary with special TODAY show appearance

GritoBlastJuly 10, 2014
michelle obama

LULAC announces national initiative to provide aid to the thousands of Central American children on U.S.-Mexico border

GritoBlastJuly 10, 2014

Survey on LGBTQ Latina immigrants from Latin America

GritoBlastJuly 10, 2014
morgue_photo_01_2-w1000h1000

Viernes Video: Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal delves into U.S. immigration issue in search of “Dayani Cristal”

Latina ListaMarch 28, 2014
Igelsia_San_Jose_credit_Archdiocese_of_San_Juan_of_Puerto_Rico_mr

Puerto Rico’s San José Church first-ever site from the island recognized on annual list of endangered historic places

Latina ListaJune 19, 2013