To the Editor: Health care for illegal aliens never a part of any reform bill PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Kathy Pereira de Almeida   
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 09:33
In response to Cindy Morlock's letter dated Nov. 4:
First, I would like to clarify that health care for illegal aliens has never been included in any health care reform bill proposal.
(See proposed Senate Bill Section 111: refers to eligible individuals who may use the Public Health Insurance Option as --a citizen or national of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien.
(See proposed H.R. Bill 3262, Section 347-- "NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS")
Remember, this is a Public Option; anyone may opt out.
Second, the idea behind health care reform is to enable all Americans and legal immigrants access to affordable health care. This is in the form of health insurance coverage guaranteed to all citizens of The United States of America.
I have the impression that many who oppose health care reform think incorrectly that our country is supporting a handout program. To the contrary, by supporting health care reform and guaranteeing accessible, affordable health care to the uninsured and under insured of the U.S.A. we are fulfilling President Kennedy's desire to serve our fellow Americans.
" . . . ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" implores that we all chip in to serve others. Remember, it is not "our government" giving a handout; it is everyone pitching in to support our fellow citizens.
Before you question, yes, I am a native U.S. citizen with family members who have served our nation proudly since the American Revolution and I proudly support health care access for all!
Kathy Pereira de Almeida
Bowling Green

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