Medicare funds for illegal aliens? Not on my watch!!!

July 28, 2009

The massive house health care reform bill (H.R. 3200) will provide taxpayer health benefits to illegal aliens, according to Roll Call, the premier capital hill newspaper. According to Roll Call, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is pushing Speaker Pelosi to make sure all illegal aliens are covered in the bill. The CHC does not want anything added to H.R. 3200 to address illegal aliens because the bill as constructed already ensures that illegal aliens will receive health care benefits.

The Democrats defeated an amendment to the House Ways and Means Committee bill two weeks ago that would have required verification of citizenship in order to access benefits. The President and Congress are already proposing to cut Medicare by over $500 billion dollars to pay for this health care experiment and now they want to use Medicare funds to pay health care benefits for illegal aliens. This is precisely why we need to slow down this runaway train called health care reform. In everyone’s haste to jump on the train of health care reform before it left the station I think they left their suitcases of common sense sitting on the platform.

Instead of fixing Medicare, the President and Speaker Pelosi are finding ways to further deplete its reserves. Those of you who have retired and paid into Medicare for your entire working life and those of us that are still paying into Medicare (which is virtually all of us) certainly didn’t think our hard-earned money was going to pay for health care benefits to people who broke the law and aren’t even citizens of this country. What are our leaders in Congress thinking? What is President Obama thinking?

Our economy is struggling, which means payments into Medicare are lower than projected; the baby boomers are getting ready to retire, which means there is going to be even a bigger economic strain on Medicare. We should be finding ways to shore up Medicare. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has offered to help offset the impact of the doughnut hole in part D of the Medicare drug insurance plan. What a great step! Congress should be working on legislation to take advantage of that offer immediately. Why aren’t we looking for ways to shore up Medicare rather than finding ways to further erode its financial well being?

We need your help. Call, write, fax, and visit your Member of Congress. Tell them you don’t want your hard earned money going to people who aren’t even citizens of this country. Tell them that any health care reform legislation should have specific language prohibiting anyone that is not a citizen of the United States from getting government health benefits, and iron-clad procedures to see that rule enforced. We need to be heard today. The very future of your Medicare benefits are at stake!

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