Health Care Reform

The “I”- Word, the Media and Health Care Reform

OpEd News by Cecile Lawrence Last Thursday (May 23, 2013), the politically-focused media outlet The Hill reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had made the statement that undocumented immigrants who become U.S. citizens under immigration reform will not have access to “Obamacare” or Medicaid [1]. What is perhaps most striking about the statement, however, is that, as the report points out, Pelosi did not actually use the term “undocumented” in referring to the immigrants; she apparently chose to refer to them over and over as “illegals.” Most “liberals,” or progressives, will undoubtedly find Pelosi’s choice of words troublesome, since it…