The results of the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll are in:
While the war in Iraq remains the overarching issue in the early stages of the 2008 campaign, access to affordable health care is at the top of the public's domestic agenda, ranked as far more important than immigration, cutting taxes or promoting traditional values.
The poll asks about making "health insurance available to all Americans".
The problem is that the Democratic Party has a problem understanding that "Americans" word, and think it includes all of Mexico and most of the rest of the world. If the Dems had their way, any healthcare plan would be open to everyone, including illegal aliens who'd just snuck across the border five minutes earlier.
Several Democratic elected officials are directly or indirectly linked to current or former Mexican government or Mexican political party officials, and just a few weeks ago several Democrats joined with Mexican legislators to promote an amnesty in Washington DC.
If the Dems want to sell anything like universal healthcare, they should first take a look at which country they're supposed to be working for.
UPDATE: I don't think the Dems would extend healthcare to "all of Mexico and most of the rest of the world". That is what's refered to as "hyperbole", and everyone should be able to recognize that as such. However, the statement that if "the Dems had their way, any healthcare plan would be open to everyone" isn't hyperbole, and I invite everyone to find examples of specific plans from Democrats excluding illegal aliens.
And, I don't expect everyone to know who Elvira Arellano is or to follow immigration matters as closely as I do. However, when you've got (supposedly U.S.) representatives joining with Mexican representatives to support immigration "reform" - aka a massive amnesty for illegal aliens - and standing together demanding a moratorium on deportations and they've got Saul Arellano with them and one of the Mexican representatives says the U.S., Mexico, and everyone else should become "one America on one continent", well c'mon. You'd have to be in deep, deep denial not to realize that they're on the same page and neither group have much use for our immigration laws.
And, I note also that even Arnold Schwarzenegger supports healthcare for illegal aliens, and there was another bill that would also give those same benefits to foreign citizens from state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, a Democrat. New Jersey is even establishing clinics for illegal aliens as part of their proposal. I don't think you'll find a left-wing or racial power non-profit that doesn't support healthcare for illegal aliens, and in the extremely unlikely event that the Dems came up with a plan that excluded them those groups and others would put a tremendous amount of pressure to include it. In fact, some elected Democrats might join with Mexican legislators to demand it just as they did with a call for a moratorium on deportations.
UPDATE 2: Regarding the David Terrenoire comment, it isn't exactly clear what the "strawman" is, but claiming that the Democratic Party fully supports illegal immigration is certainly not a strawman. Now, certainly, if you asked them flat out whether they support that they would say no. However, their every action and statement concerning immigration serves to support and even encourage the illegal variety. It's not just a preponderance of circumstantial evidence; it's almost every single piece of relevant evidence. Here's Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Howard Dean , . And, here are some links between Democratic Party elected officials and those linked to the Mexican government or Mexican political parties.
Immigration2007a · Fri, 03/02/2007 - 01:48 · Importance: 1