Cit­i­zens-only health­care

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Se­nate OKs im­mi­grant health­care,” June 3

State Sen. Ri­cardo Lara (D-Bell Gar­dens) — au­thor of a bill passed by the Se­nate that would pro­vide health­care cov­er­age to im­mi­grants who live in Cal­i­for­nia il­le­gally — talks about cov­er­ing peo­ple “who are de­nied ba­sic health­care.”

One can­not be de­nied some­thing to which one is not en­ti­tled. The only peo­ple who are en­ti­tled to a ben­e­fit paid for by cit­i­zens are other cit­i­zens.

We may choose to pro­vide cer­tain benefits to those who re­side in Cal­i­for­nia il­le­gally, but th­ese peo­ple are not en­ti­tled to gov­ern­ment-funded health­care.

Many il­le­gal im­mi­grants come here from coun­tries, in­clud­ing Mex­ico, where they are en­ti­tled to ba­sic health­care pro­vided by their gov­ern­ment. If peo­ple want some­thing they have a right to ob­tain, they should go where they can en­joy their en­ti­tle­ment.

Al­lan Baker

Morongo Val­ley, Calif.

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