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 Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.

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