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  •  He is wrong here mainly because he knows (1+ / 0-)
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    that it's politically radioactive to extend coverage to illegal/undocumented immigrants.

    •  The federal government doesn't have problems... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...accepting taxes from undocumented immigrants.

      But there's a problem with them spending their own money?

      everything is applied mathematics
      the rest is pure mathematics

      by pigeonhole principle on Tue Mar 16, 2010 at 11:31:09 AM PDT

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      •  Yes there is a problem (0+ / 0-)

        You see, the insurers selling on the exchange cannot exclude anone due to pre-existing condition. This is a grand bargain- insurers are forbidden from excluding anyone, in return, everyone is mandated to buy insurance.
        Now with the undocumented- they are exempt from the mandate. But if you turn around and let them buy at the exchange- now you have a problem. All the sick undocumented (who can afford to) will buy insurance at the exchange. All the healthy ones will stay away. The risk pool is skewed.

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