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Took McFarland's advice

Posted: September 3, 2009 6:27 p.m.
Updated: September 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.
I took McFarlands' advice ("Are you a nut job?" The Signal, Aug. 24) and did a little research on my own regarding the proposed health bill, HR 3200.

I found that he was correct in the language of the bill, Section 246, reads: "Nothing in this subtitle shall allow federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States."

But not so fast. Let's have the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

There are two sections of the proposed bill. The first is Sec. 246 mentioned above which deals with affordability credits to be used to offset costs of private insurance.

This section does not apply to those who are applying for the Public Health Insurance Plan, which is Section 221.

There are no provisions in Section 221 to bar anyone, including illegals, from applying for this taxpayer-funded plan. In addition, there is no mechanism for verifying those who are lawfully in the United States in either section.

It should be noted that Republicans in committee suggested a verification system, two of which are currently being used and are pretty accurate but the Democrat-led committee voted it down.

I do not listen to Rush Limbaugh (nice to have choices) so I am, therefore, not a "dittohead" (I did do some research here).

On the other hand (and other side of the aisle) I also do not listen to Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Bill Moyer, Brian Williams and Bill Mahr.


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