Certified, Part II: Waterloo Edition

Last week, I described how much a pain it was to get a original birth certificate for my newborn son, even for me, as a well-educated, middle-class, bureaucracy-savvy Californian who has a car, sets his own schedule at work, and still lived in the county of the birth in question, which was recent.

Well, enough about me. What about him?

Robert Pear of the The New York Times has a gut-wrenching story about how the introduction of the new and onerous citizenship documentation requirements in Medicaid has led to tens of thousands of people losing coverage in each of the following states mentioned in the article: Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ohio and Virginia.

If that’s the scope of the impact in those smaller state, then the damage in California, where we are just about to implement this new federal law, will certainly be in the six figures. Despite the attempts of California to ease the impact, hundreds of thousands of California citizens–yes, citizens–are likely to be denied health coverage because our national political leaders intentionally burdened them with paperwork.

Here’s the money quote, by Kevin W. Concannon, director of the Department of Human Services in Iowa, where the number of Medicaid recipients dropped by 5,700 in the second half of 2006, to 92,880, after rising for five years.

“We have not turned up many undocumented immigrants receiving Medicaid in Waterloo, Dubuque or anywhere else in Iowa.”

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