Tell the White House: Ensure DREAMers have access to affordable care!
  • Petitioned Secretary Sebelius

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Office of Health and Human Services
Secretary Sebelius
President of the United States

Tell the White House: Ensure DREAMers have access to affordable care!

    1. Sponsored by

      Reform Immigration for America

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) – President Obama’s initiative to grant DREAMers deferred action and work permits – is in full swing. These are individuals who the President, as well as the public, recognize deserve an opportunity to fulfill their dreams and fully contribute to the country they call home. But while immigrant youth were celebrating this opportunity to live without fear, the Obama administration quietly excluded these same individuals from paying their fair share to buy their own affordable health insurance after 2014 under the Affordable Care Act, and for  children or pregnant women in this population to secure regular, preventive care under Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program in about half the states.

It’s a step forward, followed by an immediate step backward. The Affordable Care Act and DACA are critical steps towards a vision of a more just society. Excluding immigrant youth from accessing affordable health care is more than discriminatory  – it’s restricting DREAMers from having the freedom and opportunity to pay for the health care they need and to fully participate in our society. 

Immigrant youth, like all youth in the U.S., should feel secure and be able to see a doctor when they need to so that they have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams. Add your voice now and tell the White House to reverse its decision, and put the ACA back in DACA!

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    • Kim Simpson CHARLOTTE, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      I have worked with these young people for the past seven years. They want to be a part of the solution. Being able to work, study, and buy into our healthcare system is good business for everybody.

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    • Gami-Lou Beli WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 1 year ago

      Both of my parents are immigrants: my father became a citizen; my mother is a resident and they both have been living in the US for over 20 years. Me and 2 out of 3 of my siblings are born US citizens, and I'm almost 18. For them to not be able to have the basis AFFORDABLE CARE is unthinkable in a country where people come for opportunity - not to be shut down and lowered when they want to have proper care like citizens. It's sad to know that in a country that I call home that the only thing that separates one's amount of respect is status: citizen or non-citizen. Please ensure that WE the PEOPLE get affordable care!

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    • Penelope Boeckelman HANOVER, NH
      • almost 2 years ago

      We are all human beings who deserve the health care from birth &

      Forward, to ensure we can. Happier, more achieving life's,

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    • Ariel Wagner BROOKLINE, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Health care is a human right.

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    • amparo alam SYRACUSE, UT
      • almost 2 years ago

      More people can be cure, and can save lives!!!!

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