In order to get a Health Care Reform bill, the compromises that have been necessary on immigration and abortion rights have been painful and galling. For what it’s worth, the restrictions on illegal immigrants accessing the health insurance exchanges seem very unwise on policy grounds as well as being needless on the cost side. Indeed, they probably jack up the costs since undocumented workers tend to skew younger than the population at large. Still, with all that, is it really moral, let alone wise politically to kill legislation that would provide insurance for 30 million people because immigrants in the country illegally would be barred from access?
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.