Immigration and Healthcare Debates Meet Head On

The healthcare debate has grown a new limb, the issue of whether or not illegal immigrants will be able to recieve expanded health benfits on taxpayer money, and how this will be enforced. After the leader of a conservative immigration reform movement, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) stirred the controversy, it has taken root in Washington. Starting this evening and tomorrow, conservative radio hosts will hold a “town hall of the airwaves” to highlight the costs of illegal immigration. Returning fire, liberal groups such as America’s Voice, have attacked FAIR, calling them fearmongerers and calling the founder out as a racist.

Again it seems as though congress has started to miss the point. As these two debates cross, not only does the scope of both debates expand (the result one would hope for), the scope of mortar shells the two sides can trade expands as well (the road we seem to be taking.) We’ve gone from a productive debate–what can be done about free riders on public healthcare benefits–to which side is more credible, which side has their hands the dirtiest, which side has the ugliest REAL motives.

The switch occurred without warning, and likely due to the normalcy of such an occurence, this switch seems to have gone unnoticed, or perhaps just accepted because of its entertainment value. Instead of debating what can be done about the problem of free riders who may not pay taxes and attempt to recieve public health benefits, America’s Voice and FAIR have decided to trade blows about who’s more of a racist xenophobe, while citing the other side as “mudlsingers” or “juvenile.” Once again a debate in congress seems deadlocked due to motives and feelings that should play no role in how we regulate the distribution of public health benefits.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/14/AR2009091401498.html?sid=ST2009091500115

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One Response to “Immigration and Healthcare Debates Meet Head On”

  1. Brittancus Says:

    In the issue of illegal immigration and health care, is there any truth that since the outburst of Rep. Joe Wilson the Democrats have added the language that disqualifies illegal foreign nationals? The house Democrats prior to this controversial name calling, had voted down any wording to remove illegal aliens from applying? However, I caught a blog that if one family member is an American citizen (anchor baby) then the entire household will be eligible for coverage? SO IS THIS TRUE? I think the majority of American will want to know? Is this a sly way for the Democratic leadership, have slipped this into the public option package? Any detail in the national media has been subdues or intentionally omitted, as with the crowds of Tea Party opponents. They both have used their political influence in trying to overturn E-Verify. Pro-Illegal alien lawmakers could table it, under the “Sunset Provision” on September 30?

    President Obama’s direction towards an unmentionable path to citizenship for all those who broke our law is abhorrent. After the controversial eruption in the Session of Congress, they surely must be aware that imposing immigration reform on the people could break them? Americans taxpayers are already supporting business welfare? Corporate entities want these destitute people here to exploit, but don’t want to pay for their health care, schooling or towards the massive numbers surviving in prison. They leave that to the fading middle class taxpayers who carry the tax burden? Over a decade has passed since illegal people started coming here in droves and with little or no laws, to blockade their arrival we are now talking over 20 million. Nor does it stop there? Owing to the clarion call of Amnesty ringing out in the slums and ghetto’s of foreign criminals, sick, elderly and those without means, from all over the world will descend on us. IT MEANS OVERPOPULATION?

    Bad as it may be now, who is going to subsidize the new arrivals? Not the business cartels that’s for sure? Once again taxpayers will be heavily taxed to pay for the new shipment of poor, uneducated from every region. How can we expect to have any government public option for our own people, when our gates remain wide open for “Anchor Babies” and the illegal millions expecting a free handout? A nurse in a Nevada hospital indicated they have a row of beds of illegal immigrants on dialysis, which was costing weekly $18.000 dollars for each treatment. Tell me who pays for that? The US government pays a small portion; the rest is acquired from the hospital or taxpayer.

    I want a single payer system for homeless veterans, seniors, single mothers with children and poor American families. But I refuse to pay for everybody who climbs, crawls under the fence or bluffs the Federal officer at shipping ports and airports of entry. It’s not our responsibility. DON’T WAIT! PESTER YOUR SENATOR OR REPRESENTATIVE TODAY AT 202-224-3121? Find true facts by GOOGLING NUMBERSUSA, JUDICIAL WATCH & IMMIGRATION COUNTERS

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