Pro-life U.S. House members might not be the only
Illinois Democrats to oppose the final health care bill. Rep.
Luis Gutierrez says that, as currently written, he cannot support the restrictions placed on undocumented immigrants in the Senate version of the reform package.
possible Gutierrez is using his vote on health care to strike some sort of
agreement with the White House on comprehensive
immigration reform. But
Gutierrez made a similar warning all the way back in November. And unlike the Stupak
crowd, his beef is legitimate; while the House bill bars undocumented
immigrants from receiving public subsidies, the Senate bill prohibits immigrants from purchasing regulated insurance on the exchanges with their own money. Here at home, over 32 percent
of 4th Congressional District residents lack insurance, the 15th highest rate
for non-elderly people in the nation. A lot of those uninsured
constituents are immigrants, many of whom are likely undocumented. The current
bill won't help them much at all.
UPDATE (12:07 pm): A few 4th district residents called into Gutierrez' office demanding some clarification. TPM has posted the responses.