As you may know, the America's Affordable Health Choices Act (H.R. 3200) is currently being considered in the House of Representatives. This measure would establish a public health care option which would be heavily subsidized by taxpayers. Unfortunately, this measure includes no provisions to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving either the public option or taxpayer subsidies to purchase private health insurance.
In an effort to address this concern, I have acted to enforce immigration laws, and more recently, joined a number of my colleagues in sending a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) urging the inclusion of verification mechanisms to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving taxpayer-funded benefits in any health care reform measure considered by the House of Representatives.
Our health care system is still among the best in the world, and Congress owes Americans more than hurried decisions and irresponsible policy. While I understand the need to increase access and lower costs for patients and providers, we must not allow haste to compromise our basic principles.
Rest assured, I am committed to upholding our responsibility to American citizens. Please feel free to contact me regarding this or any issue of your concern.