Sen. Snowe already said it, "We've always been there", in regards to limiting access to health care by illegal immigrants. To revisit the issue because a senator from South Carolina doesn't believe it to be true, making an outburst regarding the provision, is just idiotic and changes focus.
Personally, I would think that any additional language to the legislation will probably cause more alarm by the right-wing, who would probably argue that any residency verification would add more of a "big brother" element to the bill. Since the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) ceased to exist in 2003, being absorbed into the Department of Homeland Security.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services bureau would probably assume responsibility over handling health care related issues that arise regarding illegals, which would result in immigrants avoiding traditional health care, putting Americans in danger of various illnesses.
Although I do not know about this area, but I wonder if it is a possibility for immigrants to obtain health insurance in their native countries, to help defer medical costs. Illegal immigrants earn money in America, but pay health care premiums in their native countries, only to have that money return to America in the event an immigrant gets sick, and considering premiums are generally a fraction of the cost of actual care, the possibilities are worthwhile. I could imagine that there could also be associated fees involved with providing health care for illegal immigrants as well.
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