If the Republicans decided that they wanted to win the 2010 elections--and were prepared to offend the corporate interests that like a supply of cheap labor--they would run with this next year. From the September 30, 2009 The Hill:
Senate Finance Committee Democrats rejected a proposed requirement that immigrants prove their identity with photo identification when signing up for federal healthcare programs.Illegal aliens with fake IDs are rare? That's absurd.
Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said that current law and the healthcare bill under consideration are too lax and leave the door open to illegal immigrants defrauding the government using false or stolen identities to obtain benefits.
Grassley's amendment was beaten back 10-13 on a party-line vote.
But Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman, who represents the border state of New Mexico, said that the type of fraud Grassley said he wants to prevent is highly uncommon. "The way I see the amendment, it's a solution without a problem," Bingaman said.
Or illegal aliens signing up for federal health insurance are uncommon? Then what's the objection?