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 Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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