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Up To 220,000 California Kids Could Be Left Uninsured Under Health Reform


Aired 7/7/11

A new report from UCLA says restrictions on eligibility will leave up to 220,000 California children out of health reform.

— A new report estimates health reform will exclude about 20 percent of all uninsured children in California. The analysis from UCLA says eligibility restrictions will prevent many children from getting affordable care.

Shana Alex Lavarreda wrote the report for the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

She estimated that about 30,000 children won't be allowed to get discounted health coverage because they're undocumented. Nearly 150,000 other kids who are legal immigrants will be excluded because they've lived here for less than five years.

"So you end up with 180,000 children," Laverreda said, "which is a sizable population, that even after all of the expansions are probably going to be still uninsured."

Lavarreda added many undocumented parents may mistakenly think their children who were born here won't qualify for discounted insurance. She says an additional 40,000 California kids could fall into that category.

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HarryStreet | July 7, 2011 at 4:18 p.m. ― 5 years, 8 months ago

This is another example of how nations in the Third World do not live up to their commitment and govern in a way to be more prosperous. People come to the U.S. for a better life because their home country doesn't live up to expectation. The answer is not immigration reform, it's getting these Third World nations on the right track to do what's right for their people. What's the point of serving public office if nothing changes? There's only so much room, so many jobs, so many homes in America as it is.

The governments of Third World nations should be put on trial for crimes against humanity. Have you seen how people in dirt-poor countries live? No running water, no running electricity, no plumbing, no food, no jobs, no hope. They come here to the U.S. for a better life, but unless it's done the legal way it will be a lifelong struggle in poverty here, too.

Defenders of immigration reform need to use the struggles of illegal immigrants as a tool for Third World Nation leaders to improve how they govern. Put the responsibility back on the shoulders of where it belongs.

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