Robert L. Fennell: Don’t add Obamacare coverage for illegal immigrants

February 24, 2014 

I am appalled that two Hispanic legislators are proposing changes to the Affordable Care Act that will allow illegal immigrants to receive the same access to health care as American citizens. The bill’s authors proposed to using taxpayer (our) money to assist those who cannot pay the premiums. That contradicts the current Affordable Care Act, which does not allow illegal immigrants to have access to health care under the federal law. But, most importantly, it demonstrates that the two elected state politicians view their role as representing illegal immigrants, not the citizens of California, whom they were elected to represent.

Instead of promoting changes to the Affordable Care Act, they should be insisting the current immigration laws be enforced. California liberal Democrats should not pass a bill that will result in the use of taxpayers’ money. In fact, we the taxpayers should determine whether we want to subsidize health care for anyone here illegally. The people should vote on such a proposal/bill before it becomes law.

Just because the Democrats are the majority in both legislative chambers does not give them the right to encumber taxpayers with health care costs for those here illegally.

ROBERT L. FENNELL

Manteca

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