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Senate Dems undermining S-CHIP ID requirements for non-citizens

By Michelle Malkin  •  January 27, 2009 04:56 PM

The open-borders crowd has been pushing to get a piece of the S-CHIP pie for more than a year. House Republicans have flagged the issue repeatedly. The bill is now in the Senate.

CNS reports on Harry Reid’s diffident attitude about the loosened ID standards:

A proposed change to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), currently under reauthorization by Congress, could make it possible for people to get health coverage by presenting only a Social Security number, not a photo ID or proof of legal residency or citizenship, such as a birth certificate, driver’s license or passport.

When asked about this proposed revision in the SCHIP enrollment rules, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the legislation “is enforceable and fair, and I don’t think we need to do any better than what we’ve done.”

Reid added that this proposed change can be debated and senators will be allowed to make amendments to SCHIP as reauthorization moves forward.

The proposed change reverses a Bush administration regulation that required new enrollees to provide photo identification and proof of legal residency or citizenship to qualify for health coverage under SCHIP.

The new rule would require enrollees to present only a Social Security number and no other form of identification. This change opens the possibility that people could enroll in SCHIP with a fake or stolen Social Security number.

Makes sense, of course. Harry Reid believes illegal aliens are simply “undocumented Americans,” after all. Remember?