In a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Wednesday, the President said, “This (health care) debate underscores the necessity of passing comprehensive immigration reform and resolving the issue of 12 million undocumented people living and working in the country once and for all.”
That sounds a lot like amnesty, something the majority of the country does not want. In an effort to skirt the health care reform issue of allowing illegals to sign-up for free care, the Obama administration sees another way to guarantee health care – simply make them legal.
“It’s ironic that the President told the American people that illegal immigrants should not be covered by the health care bill, but now just days later he’s talking about letting them in the back door,” says Congressman Lamar Smith-R TX.
“If the American people do not want to provide government health care for illegal immigrants, why would they support giving them citizenship, the highest honor America can bestow?,” Smith said.
Recent polling from Rasmussen showed 83 percent of Americans didn’t want illegal immigrants receiving free health care benefits.
In another report, Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) stated if the government were to cover 6.6 million illegal immigrants the cost would be an astounding $31 billion. If President Obama is talking about granting amnesty to 12 million illegal immigrants, could the American taxpayer cover the $60 billion plus health care tab in the middle of a recession?
Something tells me American citizens may have something to say about this issue.
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