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Obama Assures Latinos That Relatives Won’t Get Deported Because They Sign Up for Obamacare

"People will look back and say that this was the right thing to do. And at that point the Republicans won’t call it Obamacare anymore.”

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Bill Straub

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March 6, 2014 - 6:07 pm
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WASHINGTON – President Obama carried his healthcare reform message directly to Latinos on Thursday, urging the members of that vast community to obtain coverage under the Affordable Care Act before the approaching March 31 deadline.

Speaking at a forum conducted at the Newseum in downtown Washington and broadcast over several Spanish-language media outlets, the president offered assurance to Latinos concerned that utilizing the newly established insurance exchanges could somehow lead to the deportation of undocumented relatives, asserting “I’ve got their back.”

“The main point that I have for everybody watching right now is, you don’t punish me by not signing up for healthcare,” Obama said. “You’re punishing yourself or your family if in fact there’s affordable healthcare to be had.”

Told about one individual in particular, a mother who expressed alarm that she could face deportation if she enrolled her children, who happen to be citizens with the health exchange, the president said she “should not be fearful.”

“There’s no sharing of the data from the healthcare plan into immigration services,” Obama said. “You should feel confident that if somebody in your family is eligible, you should sign them up.”

Obama carried his message to the Latino community at a crucial time for the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “Obamacare.” A disastrous rollout of the program last October left enrollment lagging. If an insufficient number of individuals sign up for the program, financial problems could ensue, rendering the insurance pool unsustainable.

Under the law, individuals are required to obtain government approved health insurance policies to offset potential medical costs. Failure to do so could lead to a fine. To offset costs, the federal government, 15 states and the District of Columbia have established exchanges so consumers can pick-and-choose their policies. In some instances the government is providing subsidies to ease the cost burden.

The Obama administration has been targeting Latinos, traditionally one of the president’s most loyal constituencies and one that finds itself in need of healthcare coverage. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Latinos are uninsured at a much higher rate than the U.S. population overall. About 16 percent of all nonelderly U.S. citizens and others lawfully residing are uninsured. Among Latinos, the total reaches 24 percent.

In all, about 10.2 million Latinos are eligible for the exchanges. Of that number 8.1 million – 80 percent – are thought to qualify either for tax credits to purchase coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

But there has been a reluctance on the part of the community. Non-documented individuals in the country illegally are not eligible for Obamacare and Latinos already are wary about the large number of individuals who have either been deported or face deportation.

Obama sought to assure Latinos that signing on to Obamacare won’t bring immigration officials to the door looking for associates. But several people expressed suspicion nonetheless and the president was pressed several times about the number of deportations. Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Latino group, recently referred to Obama as the “deporter-in-chief.”

The president told the audience that he has ordered immigration authorities to focus their efforts in deporting those who have criminal records or a history of gang activity. Otherwise there’s little he can do about the situation without congressional action to clarify the situation.

“Until Congress passes a new law, I am constrained as to what I can do,” Obama said.

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Translation: All you illegal aliens are doing a bang up job invading, getting on the government sugar tit, and helping to destroy American culture. I need you to do one more thing.

Sign up for Obama tax, which will help you get on the voter rolls. Now, you illegals like government stuff right? Those nasty Gringos will pay for it in more taxes.

Viva Via! Viva Zapata!
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Obama should be deported for signing the country up for Obamacare.
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"You trust me, don't you"

"When I talked about punishing our enemies, haven't I shown I'm willing to do that?"


"I'm not coming after you.....today."

Unless, of course...you don't vote properly. Or you attend the wrong meeting. Or criticize this administration in any way.

Trust me. I have your back. It's the one with the great big bullseye on it.

Because I have a pen, I have a phone...and your fate can change at my whim.
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They will be signed up to the Democrat voter rolls/database....not deported.
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He'll get the Latinos to sign up so they can pay for those who are on Medicaid. Wait til they find out he's lying to them too, think they'll vote for another demonrat?
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For once he is not lying!
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Hey Obama. While you're at it why don't you go get all the folks living in Hati, Dominican Republic and Mexico to sign up too. We are a country run by idiots.
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The current administration/DOJ may not deport them but a more conservative one would and should.
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Whaaa? If I was a citizen of another country in the USA illegally, I would refrain from putting my name and address in any USA data base. The wheels of justice grind slow...
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Is he lying again? Maybe not, he wants Demo votes.
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I'm sorry.... I don't believe a word this charlatan says.
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Would someone please explain to him that he is NOT President For Life (we hope).
He can't make official promises with more than a two year life span.
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You sure that Obama Assured Latinos That Relatives Won’t Get Deported Because They Sign Up for Obamacare?

Wasn't it that relatives would get deported UNLESS they sign up for ObamaCare?
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