Presumption of guilt

Can anyone be surprised at this story in the New York Times (Citizens Who Lack Papers Lose Medicaid)
A new federal rule intended to keep illegal immigrants from receiving Medicaid has instead shut out tens of thousands of United States citizens who have had difficulty complying with requirements to show birth certificates and other documents proving their citizenship..

Here’s what I wrote about it a year ago (Does this remind you of voter intimidation methods?):

The law is mean-spirited and counter-productive. It will be expensive to administer and is as likely to increase as to decrease medical costs…The law discriminates against the vulnerable

Personally I’m in favor of allowing illegal immigrants to have access to Medicaid. The Immigration and Naturalization Service should be responsible for keeping illegals out. If INS doesn’t do it’s job, it shouldn’t be up to Medicaid officials to mete out punishments.

March 12, 2007

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