J.D. Hayworth Blames Arizona's Medicaid Shortfall on Illegal Immigrants

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J.D. Hayworth's rumored to be considering another Senate run. Let the brown-bashing commence.
Former TV pitchman J.D. Hayworth thinks the reason Arizona's medicaid program is in such bad financial shape is that it covers people who are in the country illegally. The only problem with that is Arizona's medicaid program doesn't actually cover the overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants.

Oh, J.D., how we've missed you (in case you forgot, Hayworth is the same guy who thinks gay marriage will somehow lead to men marrying horses).

Hayworth was on Fox News this morning, where he discussed the proposed $50 surcharge for medicaid recipients who smoke or are obese to help fill a budget shortfall with Arizona's medicaid program.

Hayworth says the idea is an act of "nanny state"-ism (which is funny coming from a guy who wants the government to dictate who's allowed to get married to whom) and that the plan does nothing to address the "real problem": illegal immigrants.

See Hayworth's argument below:

This is the danger. The nanny state. I mean, we see the weigh stations on the interstate for tractor-trailer trucks. Would you have that kind of situation? It sounds absurd, but it's the camel's nose under the tent. And what we're ignoring here is a far more obvious solution, and that is to make sure that Medicaid dollars don't go to noncitizens, and we don't continue to see, what is it, almost 60% of the illegal immigrant population having no health insurance coming in and American taxpayers paying for that? That's the real problem. Now, Arizona tried to address this, and the open borders crowd and the Chamber of Commerce and these fast food magnates happy to swap the cost or ship the cost on to the taxpayers -- come off with this kind of counterfeit compassion. But the fact is, there's a more basic way to deal with this than get involved in the nanny state, although we do remember Milton Friedman's admonition, if you want less of something, tax it.

As we mentioned, Arizona's medicaid guidelines specifically exclude "non-qualified" non-citizens from being eligible for medicaid.

"To be eligible for AHCCCS Health Insurance, other than emergency services, a person must be a qualified alien," AHCCCS guidelines state.

A "non-qualified alien" is defined as "a person who was admitted to the U.S. legally but not in one of the Qualified Alien classifications. These persons are admitted for a limited period of time and include but are not limited to foreign students, visitors for business, or pleasure, and temporary workers. A Non-Qualified Alien does not meet the alien status requirement or the Arizona residency requirement for full AHCCCS coverage or emergency services."

"Qualified alien" status typically is reserved for political refugees, those seeking asylum, victims of human trafficking, or Afghan and Iraqi special immigrants.

See some of the other qualifications for "qualified alien" status here.

Hayworth's rumored to be considering yet another run for the U.S. Senate. Should he run, he'd have to face Congressman Jeff Flake in the GOP primary in what would undoubtedly turn into a Conservative showdown over who's tougher on immigration (reminiscent of last year's race between Hayworth and Senator John McCain).

In other words, let the brown-bashing for political gain commence.

See Hayworth's appearance on Fox News below.

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Kitsugab
Kitsugab

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally. The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark   3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100   Phoenix, AZ 85029Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587 Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 (which is in Larry Starks name /  Phoenix, AZ 85017    co-signed for)  SRP Acct # 919-863-000    (which is in Larry Starks name)Her Phone # 602-628-3116   (which is in Larry Starks name)Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry StarkHer sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High School.She was raised by her Grandmother who was a whore in Mexico. This young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen

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The Great One
The Great One

Illegals don't get free medical from our state but their anchor babies do and food stamps too. The breed like roaches with the lights off, thats why they get excited ever time someone says RAID!

XSoldier
XSoldier

Didn't John McCain force Hayworth into one of those caves along the drug routes in Pinal County after McCain won re-election? Why is Hayworthless poping up now? I know why. He associated himself with Pearce and the Old Fart over at MCSO, he took their stance on the illegals (which we need to rid ourselves of, anyways,) and lost.

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Mistalee
Mistalee

Wow. Another incredibly inbred dumbfuck Arizona politician.

It's barely news any more.

"Arizona politico says something smart" OTOH would definitely be an above-the-fold fheadline.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

JD has just been really successful for the first time in his life. He is now a COMPLETE dunderhead.

It's been a really long road for him, but he has arrived....

guest
guest

Who really gives a shit what JD thinks. He's irrelevant. A has been.

Guest
Guest

** They may or may not get medicaid, but they DO get soc sec disability (have a kid diagnosed with adhd, they get benefits), the DO get welfare - over 70 programs. Illegals reproduce more than citizens, and do not pay their share. They are stealing our voting rights in CA, NM and WA state. They are releasing criminals early because of 'budget cuts' while handing bilions to illegals. *Do something today. This effects every citizen, including businesses which do not use illegals, but have to compete against companies that do. We all pay for the welfare. If you're in CA go to capsweb .org, if you're in WA state go to Respect Washington .us. Do something in your state today! Don't expect 'the other person' to do it-

Philip
Philip

You are so completely wrong on this. I'm a social worker whose been working in this state through CPS and now through a dialysis medical unit. Undocumented immigtrants DO NOT get medicaid and it doesn't matter a bit if one of their children is diagnosed with ADHD UNLESS that child was born here and applied for citizenship....in which case they have every right to get benefits. Otherwise, the state doesn't give a hot damn about helping any undocumented child, even as they turn right around & take undocumented parents tax money. The idea that undocumented people don't pay their fair share is laughable. I've seen more "citizens" that don't work a day in their life getting benefits up the ass OR wealthy heirs who have also never worked a day in their life than any of the undocumented people you blame. Most undocumented people work their ass off for extremely low wages, those of whom can even get work thanks to the racist law passed to disallow them the ability to work. You're assertion that undocumented people are "stealing our voting rights" is absolutely laughable. You are a racist, a xenophobe and a white supremist in the first degree if you actually believe what you are saying. This country is being built on the BACKS of the working poor (including undocumented people) with very little given in return. Blame the wealthy Republican party fat cats & the ultrawealthy citizens of this country whom they serve if you've got a problem with the way things are working. They don't give a damn about you yet your virulent racism opens the door in your mind to allow them to brainwash you and defer the blame away from them and onto minority groups.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

I agree with most of what you said to this ignoramous but I have to disagree with one statement - his country is being built on the BACKS of the working poor - this country was built MOSTLY on the backs of slaves (whether indentured or forced). The rich actually got very little of what they own honestly - most was stolen through various con games or straight out cheating. Pull back the veneer of "civility" from the upper class and you see their lurid underbelly.

Philip
Philip

Hey ExpertShot... sorry if what I said was misunderstood. I was referring to the present dynamic in this country, which actually includes many poor races in its sticky spiderweb of oppression. I completely agree with your statement about indentured or forced slavery building this country. That is completely true. I do however believe that these past and present dynamics share more in common with each other in terms of whom they benefit and how they are played out. They are not the same by any means but I'm not convinced we haven't always had one form of economic slavery or another controlling the masses. Some were just particularly more heinous & devastating than others.

Mistalee
Mistalee

You are an idiot and a racist. Please commit suicide as a service to the gene pool.

VIMIIS
VIMIIS

Illegals to NOT qualify for welfare in Az. And, ADHD is not a diagnosis that Social Security Disability covers.

Mistalee
Mistalee

"they are stealing our voting rights."

Yeah, mine were here a minute ago, but somebody made off with them. Musta been one of them illegals.

"they DO get soc sec disability (have a kid diagnosed with adhd, they get benefits),"

Social Security Disability is based on one's own earnings. It is early social security benefits based on disability. Undocumented immigrants can't get a legit social security number, and thus can't get social security benefits.

Really, 1ccc1, think before you post retarded shit like this in a public forum.

Guest
Guest

Just saying they do 'not', does not make it true. This is what whacky liberals do. You say 'it's not true' so you can believe your own nonsense. Adhd is, in fact, a diagnosis sufficient for illegals to get benefits. If you do not like that fact, then change the system that allows it.

Philip
Philip

You are completely wrong about this. But for the sake of your argument, let's just look at this from a different perspective. If we don't serve the children of this country, including the undocumented ones, where in the hell do you think they are going to end up? Where do you think the ADHD undocumented kids of this country are going to end up if they are not given services to help stabilize them & their families? IN GANGS AND CRIMINAL ACTIVITY. And then where do you think that is going to lead??? More expensive, unhelpful incarcerations, dead beat Dads, etc... You're posts provide clarity on your shortsighted values. You are failing to credit the tax monies that many undocumented families do pay into both the State & Federal systems, you are failing to acknowledge the necessity for providing supportive services to all families to ensure better, more productive ultimate outcomes for their children and you are clearly immersed in the ideaology that the only people that should be living in this country are the ultrawealthy, white citizens and their WHITE servants (a.k.a you and me) who continue to maintain and defend their system so that they don't have to lift one perfectly manicured finger to do so themselves. Good job, keep up the good work!!!

1ccc1
1ccc1

I was thinking that too. Thanks

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

VIMIIS, read his last statement carefully. He's not a resident or citizen of the State of Arizona. He is someone paid to post here... nothing more... don't waste your time with him....

Guest
Guest

I am very sorry that you do not know what you are talking about, because we all suffer for that. People actually believe as you do, therefore nothing changes. As I said, if you don't want illegals getting benefits, then do something to change the system. I appreciate that many in AZ have tried in this regard, but then again two weeks ago your legislature shot down five bills that would have helped to slow down the takeover by illegals. They are taking over your state and other states, they are being given voting rights, they are driving this country into chaos and the welfare state. Do something today to stop the scourge of immigration.

VIMIIS
VIMIIS

There is medication for ADHD helps the child concentrate on tasks at hand. It is not a disability covered by Social Security. Don't believe me? Call a Social Security office and ask them. Or look it up. A valid US birth certificate is absolutely necessary to qualify for welfare in AZ. I don't need to change the system on these two facts. There is nothing to change.......................

Ross
Ross

1) Illegal aliens are treated in emergency rooms, even when unable to pay.

2) The costs of these services are passed along to patients who can pay.

3) Patients who can pay include AHCCCS beneficiaries.

I hate to say it, but there is more than a kernel of truth in JD's statement.

Philip
Philip

Sorry Ross but your logic is completely faulty. The costs of these services are paid for by tax dollars. And by the way, many of those same undocumented people pay taxes just like the rest of us and some of them don't get that money back. Furthermore, the new laws making it harder for undocumented people to get work have only resulted in making it more difficult to obtain tax money from them. So Arizona may have believed it was saving itself money by enacting these very racist laws but it really ended up diminishing a revenue stream, creating more poverty, gangs, the breakdown of the Hispanic family unit & creating a hostile environment for a group of people who have been around for many years. If ANYONE should be blamed for this problem it is the politicians who kept campaigning on a cut taxes platform that served ONLY to cut taxes for the wealthiest Arizonians. Our state tax is so disgustingly regressive that the wealthiest groups (those making $800,000 or more a year) end up paying an adjusted tax rate of 4.5% while the middle class (those making 25,000 to $40,000) end up paying 9.5% adjusted tax and those working poor who make less than $15,000 a year pay the highest percentage at 12.5%! I'll say one thing for the Republicans....they sure know how to scapegoat groups. My undocumented friends DESERVE every bit of those emergency room visits. Don't blame the vulnerable, blame the money hungry. They've been playing us in this state for years and conservative groupies are just too star eyed to see it.

Mistalee
Mistalee

AHCCCS beneficiaries are qualified for AHCCCS precisely because they CAN'T pay.

J Curwen
J Curwen

Illegal immigrants don't get the benefits, but they do pay the taxes. Keep whining, tea baggers.

Stacy
Stacy

1) Poor working families are ALSO treated in emergency rooms, even when unable to pay.

2) The costs of these services are passed along to patients who can pay.

3) Patients who can pay include AHCCCS beneficiaries.

Ross
Ross

Thanks for agreeing with me.

Teed off
Teed off

JD is like the blow-up Bozo Punching Clown that just keeps popping back up in your face over and over again...he continues to make himself more of a clown everytime he speaks, again and again...

So much for hoping this senate campaign wouldn't turn into another sleazefest for "politicians."Unfortunately for Arizona, this is becoming the norm.

I wonder how far his "blame the immigrant" strategy will take him. Hopefully, he just gets a round trip ride back home.

JD is only looking for what he can gain (obviously, as he didn't give up ANY IDEAS on what HE could bring to the table).

JD Hayworth is not good for Arizona and not what Arizona needs in our next senator.

Stacy
Stacy

JD Hayworth is Worth-less. What an idiot to take on the issue of speaking about taxing the obese... that mutha fugga was obese as they get! Yet he got Gastric ByPass or the Lap Band on OUR DIME !!

Yes, remember that he was once a congressman with nice government medical benefits. That when his lard-ass did it. Now he's criticizing the poor because they can't.. how about he should've voted to let the poor have the same type of benefits that congressmen have.

Better yet, I like Senator Steve Gallardo's idea that the legislators should cut their benefits to equal what they're giving the people of Arizona. I agree with Senator Gallardo!

VIMIIS
VIMIIS

Will JD Hayworth ever go away? He is making statements that are so untrue. Illegals cannot get Medicaied. I'm with you Stacy. Steve Gallardo's idea is a good one. If the legislature can't make deep sacrifices like they expect everyone else to than that is pretty selfish and sad.Where to they expect the poor on Medicaid to come up with $50.00 copays. By the way, Pearce could use a Gastric ByPass or Lap Band procedure as well.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

JD, like pearce, hasn't yet met a lie he doesn't like... the truth has very little to do with what he thinks might be true...

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