Letter: Why silence on illegal immigrant health care issue?

Posted Online: March 07, 2014, 12:00 am
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Rep. Cheri Bustos: Silence is not golden!

I've given up trying to get any response from Sens. Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin. I'm not from Chicago so I guess my concerns don't matter.

However, Congresswoman Bustos, you have an office in Rock Island and live in East Moline. Therefore, I expect more from you than an imitation of an ostrich on important issues.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the new health care reform bill (HR3962) revealed by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D.-Calif., covers 2.5 million more illegal aliens than the House's original proposal. What? 2.5 million more illegal aliens are covered by my tax dollars.

Rep. Bustos, why are my tax dollars being used for health insurance for illegal aliens?

This is simply outrageous! When Americans can't find full-time employment due to Obamacare being forced on small businesses and millions more having their insurance canceled, why are we paying to insure illegal aliens? The CBO stated that 2.5 million American workers won't be able to find work in the next decade.

Translation: Children entering middle school today will have a very bleak future due to the crippling effects of Obamacare. A program that you support but won't participate in. But we hear nothing from you on the issue other than the party line of how wonderful Obamacare is! Tell that to the families whose health insurance has been canceled or the future generations of Americans who can't find full-time work.

Aurelia Miller,
Coal Valley


Local events heading

  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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