Wednesday, September 19, 2012
On September 5, I posted on immigrants and the Affordable Care Act, http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/healthlawprof_blog/2012/09/aca-and-legal-immigrants.html. Undocumented immigrants are given no rights under the Act. Yesterday's New York Times carried a story very relevant to this issue: that the Obama Administration's suspension of deportation for undocumented children who have attended school in the US and met other requirements does not extend to any rights under ACA. See Robert Pear, "Limits Placed on Immigrants in Health Care Law," http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/health/policy/limits-placed-on-immigrants-in-health-care-law.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper. So education is OK--but health not? Or, as Pear hypothesizes, is the choice a political one of keeping ACA clear from any of the controversies over immigration?