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SJC: Removal of legal immigrants from health program violates equal protection

By 
Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Jan. 5, 2012

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 5, 2012…..A move by the state Legislature to strip tens of thousands of legal immigrants from a taxpayer-subsidized state-run insurance program in 2009 violated their constitutional rights, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Thursday.

“The discrimination against legal immigrants … violates their rights to equal protection under the Massachusetts Constitution,” Justice Robert Cordy wrote for the court in a unanimous ruling. “We recognize that our decision will impose a significant financial burden on the Commonwealth … If the plaintiffs' right to equal protection of the laws has been violated by the enactment of [the law], then it is our duty to say so.”  Read more

EDITORIAL-Health Care Relief is Ours

At long last, relief is here; let us be glad

$88,200.
How many of you earn that amount in a year?
Not I, says the teacher. Nor I, says the letter carrier. Nor I, says the clerk at the corner store. Certainly not I, says the senior citizen living on Social Security.
$88,200. That’s 1,700 bucks a week in your paycheck. If yours is a family of four, and you make less than that, some relief is here, at last.  Read more