Obamacare, Immigration Reform and Why the Shutdown Still Matters

shutterstock_87180130Illegal immigrants do not have to sign up for Obamacare. They don’t have to worry about paying outrageous premiums, deductibles and co-pays. Free and low-cost clinics will continue because there will still be millions without medical insurance. Illegals will still be able to go into the emergency rooms at hospitals with their fake IDs and fake social security numbers, get the treatment they need and go home, never to pay a cent.

So why is the Obama administration and the Democrats pushing to make illegals legal? Let’s say they get their way and millions of illegal immigrants suddenly become legal U.S. citizens. What’s next? They will be required to enroll in Obamacare and purchase insurance. Will that be the “carrot” to get the Republicans to fall for immigration reform and help push it through, in order to make illegals “pay their fair share”?

But wait, is that really what would happen or would these millions of suddenly-legals actually fall below the poverty line and qualify for the maximum subsidies or no payments at all? Then how much more money would be needed from the middle class to pay for the massive influx of people onto the freebie rolls? That’s already a problem in my own state of Washington. Yes, we’ve had several tens of thousands of people sign up for the state exchange – but the majority are enrolling in Medicaid. Meaning more people are signing up to receive free coverage than are signing up to pay for not only their own coverage for the freebies as well.

So let’s not fall for that. Illegal immigrants already get all the freebies like Head Start and ECEAP (low-income preschools), food stamps, free lunches and on and on. If they are all made legal, they will NOT have to pay for Obamacare, they will simply make an even more lop-sided system because they will fall on the free side of Obamacare, not the paying side. It simply can’t fiscally work, any more than having 20 people living in your house and only two of you working to pay for everything. Resentment and bitterness WILL build to a boiling point, don’t think it won’t.

At this point, immigration reform will be a complete and total disaster for the economy. The mess that is Obamacare is bad enough without adding 11 million more people who qualify for Medicaid. It simply is not possible to finance that. Yes, I’ll get called a racist, hater, etc. So what? People can call me all the names they want, but when it’s MY money they want, it’s only sticks and stones. Teenagers whine and cry and scream and try to manipulate their parents into giving them what they want no matter what the cost, too, but the responsible adult knows that they can’t cave to that behavior because it would be disastrous to their families finance. And as the adult, their responsibility is to the entire family not just the member screaming the loudest and crying the crocodile tears.

Yes, some sort of immigration reform needs to happen, but not the all-or-nothing plan of the Democrats.  We saw what happened during the shutdown. It could have been prevented if the Democrats had just agreed to delay the individual mandate for one year. But no way, absolutely not, it’s the law of the land, blah, blah, blah. NOW they’re saying we need a delay. They really knew that back in September but they didn’t care what was best for the country they ONLY cared about getting their way at all costs. People lost 16 days of their lives, of their finances because the spoiled-brat-Democrats had to have their way.

Enough is enough. The Responsible –Adults (quite frankly, that would be the Tea Party folks at this point) must stand up to the Teenage-Manipulators, on both sides of the aisle, in order to keep this country from complete financial ruin.

About the author: Nancy Keaton

Nancy Keaton lives in Chehalis, Washington with her family. She is mother of three and grandmother of three and has recently acquired the healthy love of guns, self-defense, hunting, and the Second Amendment. Nancy and her family are also a travel writing team and you can learn about fun in the Pacific Northwest by checking out their blog at NorthwestRevealed.com. Questions and comments can be emailed to Nancy at nnkeaton@gmail.com.

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