Gutierrez, who has led the Congressional Hispanic Caucusí immigration efforts, has said the two parties donít see eye to eye on who should have access to health care.
Sen. Marco Rubio, one of the ďgang of eightĒ that drafted the Senate bill, said in a recent video post to constituents that it isnít ďfairĒ to allow people who have violated U.S. law by being here illegally to benefit from a government subsidy. Beyond that, ďthe last thing we want to do is legalize 11 million people and have a significant percentage of them dependent on government. Itís not that weíre not compassionate. Itís that we cannot afford it; it isnít responsible,Ē the Florida Republican said
The inability of these unauthorized residents to get insurance goes beyond their being barred from the subsidies. Under current law, legal permanent residents have to wait five years after they get a green card before they can enroll in Medicaid or the Childrenís Health Insurance Program. Under the Senate bill, those restrictions remain. And given the timetable for people to complete all the steps necessary for them to go from undocumented to being fully legal, it would likely be at least a decade before most of these newly legalized immigrants could gain access those programs.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.