Health Plan Flip on Illegals?

25Jul08

Barack’s proposal for health insurance has always mentioned offering a plan for 47 million Americans. From his website:

Millions of Americans are uninsured or underinsured because of rising medical costs: 47 million Americans — including nearly 9 million children — lack health insurance with no signs of this trend slowing down.

And he says he has a plan for the uninsured.

Obama’s Plan to Cover Uninsured Americans: Obama will make available a new national health plan to all Americans, including the self-employed and small businesses, to buy affordable health coverage that is similar to the plan available to members of Congress.

Thus, it is reasonable to assume, as most have, that his plan would not discriminate against those in the country illegally, since the 47 million number includes illegals.

There are an estimated 47 million persons on the U.S. without health insurance. Illegal immigrants and their U.S.-born children make up 8.3 million of that uninsured number, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

So what’s going on?

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s campaign Friday said his universal health plans do not extend to undocumented immigrants.

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