Anyone who has had to hunt up papers for flying, to get a passport in the first place, etc. knows how time consuming, costly, and difficult such may be.  Try it with your own birth certificate.

Needless to day, those who drafted this bill were just as aware of the damage they were going to do to people who could afford it least.  And, of course, the costs will be dumped on the rest of us as usual, as hospitals will provide emergency services rather than far less costly preventive medicine.

I would frankly classify such legislation as hate-based — those who pass it are denying the humanity of those whom they are attacking.

And for the record the Western European nations provide free medical care to all — foreign students, tourists, whomever.  Our family has been there and benefited from such both in Britain (as far back as the 1950s and more recently our next generation) and in Italy — an exchange semester of studies in Rome.

This action is all too characteristically American — do something spiteful even though it costs EVERYONE far more than doing the right thing!  Real shoot ourselves in the foot legislation.  Shame on these idiots!

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Citizens Who Lack Papers Lose Medicaid
By ROBERT PEAR
A new federal rule intended to keep illegal immigrants from
receiving Medicaid has instead shut out tens of thousands
of U.S. citizens.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/12/us/12medicaid.html?th&emc=th


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