The state’s dropping of health care for legal immigrants hit home for me, and I find it completely unjust. My family immigrated here about two decades ago. Although most of us are naturalized by now, and we anyways have private health care, I was horrified by my state’s decision to cut care for legal immigrants who haven’t yet been naturalized.
As I’m sure you’re aware, legal immigrants pay taxes; they’re productive members of society; they’re often well assimilated to “mainstream” American culture. You wouldn’t have any idea if you spoke to me that I was born somewhere else (until I told you my name).
I understand the budget problems and the federal matching. But this is just one of many hurdles on the path to universal, state-wide health care. You can’t just define out such a large and important group of people; if the veto is overriden and this cut stays, Massachusetts will have failed in its goal of providing universal health care.