Last updated on: 7/29/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

National Immigration Law Center (NILC) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“With this historic legislation [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590)], at least thirty million more U.S. residents, including lawfully present immigrants and naturalized citizens, will have a way to obtain guaranteed, affordable health insurance. Insurance market abuses will be reigned in, and by focusing on preventive care, community health, and wellness, the legislation will help improve the health of vulnerable immigrant communities.

Despite sound policy reasons and broad support for immigrant inclusion in health care reform, the newly created health care system falls short of true reform by excluding immigrants who are working hard to live the American dream. The new system maintains restrictions and waiting periods for legal immigrants to enroll in Medicaid. Undocumented immigrants are not only denied the ability to purchase affordable health insurance, but also the ability to buy insurance at full cost. These restrictions are fundamentally unfair and will do little to ensure affordable health care for all.

The National Immigration Law Center recognizes this historic step towards a more stable and affordable health care system in our country. This landmark legislation would not have been possible without the dedicated and vocal support of advocates across the country who helped policymakers recognize that immigrants are a vital component of the fabric of American society.”

“A Critical Foundation for a Healthier America,” www.nilc.org, Mar. 22, 2010

Description:

“Since 1979…NILC has earned a national reputation as a leading expert on immigration, public benefits, and employment laws affecting immigrants and refugees. Our extensive knowledge of the complex interplay between immigrants’ legal status and their rights under U.S. laws is an essential resource for legal aid programs, community groups, and social service agencies across the country.”

“Information About NILC,” www.nilc.org (accessed July 28, 2010)

Mission:

“[D]efending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants and their family members.”

“Information About NILC,” www.nilc.org (accessed July 28, 2010)

Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Are undocumented immigrants covered in Obamacare?