Governor Patrick and his folks deserve lots of credit for figuring out how to preserve health care benefits for legal immigrants in Massachusetts, as documented in today's Boston Globe story by Stephen Smith. See here for an earlier request to help out on this front.
The solution is not perfect, but it is a practical and thoughtful response to the matter.
It is a sad state of affairs that this issue arose at all. This is about legal immigrants, people who work hard, pay taxes and otherwise are like everybody else in the state. The only difference between them and "us" is that they don't yet have the right to vote. As such, they were all too easy for the body politic to ignore.
As we consider appropriate tributes to our late Senator Kennedy, omission of insurance for this group is the kind of thing he would have found anathema. Bravo to Governor Patrick for recognizing the Commonwealth's obligation to them as part of the health plan that is being viewed as a model while the country considers its own national plan.