Undocumented workers would be excluded from a broad expansion of health coverage now under consideration by the Senate Finance Committee, a chief negotiator of health reform legislation said this morning.
Were not going to cover undocumented aliensundocumented workers, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) told reporters. Its too politically explosive. The comments came after a question over the likelihood of expanding coverage so that every American enrolls in an insurance plana provision both the American Hospital Association and Americas Health Insurance Plans have said would be crucial to an overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system.
The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that upward of 94% of Americans could be covered under proposals now being considered. Hospitals lose billions of dollars each year when they treat the uninsured. A portion of those losses are then passed on to those who have insurance, adding on the low end about $1,100 to premium costs, Baucus said.