Democratic Senator Max Baucus acts to remove immigrants from health insurance pool

Max Baucus, Minuteman

U.S. Senator Max Baucus, carrying the Minuteman flag

“Senator Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat who is leading bipartisan negotiations on health care legislation, on Monday said he would include in his bill a proposal by the Obama White House to bar illegal immigrants from buying health coverage through a new insurance marketplace, or exchange, even if the illegal immigrants were willing and able to pay the full cost,” accordint to the New York Times.

The White House said that hospitals would still be required to provide emergency treatment to illegal immigrants and that the federal government would continue to reimburse hospitals for unpaid bills, a cost that now runs $250 million a year.

Wouldn’t it be cheaper to let them buy insurance than to keep paying for emergency treatment and unpaid bills?

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