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


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  Today is Friday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2014. There are 103 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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