Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Purchase Health Care

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Allow Undocumented Immigrants to Purchase Health Care

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Efrén Paredes, Jr. started this petition to U.S. House of Representatives and

Last week a new Senate Bill, H.R. 3590 "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," was introduced in Congress.  The bill disallows undocumented immigrants from purchasing insurance for themselves even with their own money.

"If they use their own money to purchase insurance without any taxpayer subsidy, it would make a lot of sense to offer that possibility," Sen. Robert Menendez (D.N.J.) told ABC's "Top Line" webcast according to The Hill.  Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., calls the Senate provisions "mean-spirited" and "dehumanizing."

This is a degrading, inhumane and unacceptable provision that must not be allowed to be included in the final health care bill.  As stated by Elena Rios, president of the National Hispanic Medical Association, "Diseases know no boundaries. The best idea would be to have everyone have health care." 

According to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 25(1):

"Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control."

It is a human right to allow people to have health care.  Denying anyone the opportunity to purchase health care with their own money is deplorable and shameful.  Please join us in signing this petition and sending a strong message to members of Congress and President Obama that this is not acceptable.

The Latino community and other citizens of conscience must stand together to oppose any provision that disallows another human being from paying for health care with their own money.

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