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Healthcare debate focuses on legal immigrants

New York Times, November 4, 2009

The debate over healthcare for illegal immigrants continues to percolate in Congress, with lawmakers in both houses also wrangling over how much coverage to provide for immigrants who have settled in the country legally. Some Republicans favor excluding immigrants who have been legal permanent residents for less than five years, as well as all illegal immigrants. Democrats broadly agree that illegal immigrants should be excluded, but many want all legal permanent residents to be able to participate in proposed health insurance exchanges and receive subsidized coverage if they qualify, the New York Times reports.