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Rep. McIntyre’s constituents urge him to stop distorting the facts

We reported last week that Rep. Mike McIntyre was spreading misinformation about health reform in the Robesonian newspaper. We also included a letter to the editor from an AARP member in his district. Below is another letter written in response to McIntyre’s misrepresentations. This does a great job of sorting out fact from fiction:

To the Editor,

It seems that Congressman Mike McIntyre opposes the health care reform bill.

But when he claims the bill provides benefits to illegal aliens he is either misinformed or misrepresenting the facts: The bill explicitly prohibits illegal aliens from getting federal dollars for health care.

When Mr. McIntyre puts the cost of the bill at $1.6 trillion, he is either misinformed or misrepresenting the facts: The Congressional Budget Office says that cost savings, coupled with the revenue package in the bill (which affects only families with incomes of more than $350,000) will fully finance the $1.042 trillion cost.

Mr. McIntyre suggested that any bill reforming the health care system should allow people to choose their own doctors, allow people to keep or change their insurance plan without being penalized for preexisting conditions, avoid penalizing or putting more mandates on small business, and avoid bankrupting the system with economic irresponsibility.

Doesn’t Mr. McIntyre know that the bill already does these things? It provides for an individual’s right to choose a doctor. It provides for wider insurance networks, thus making more doctors available to choose from. It provides that individuals may keep their plans or choose another, and requires insurance companies to provide coverage regardless of preexisting conditions.

Small businesses? Isn’t Mr. McIntyre aware that 76 percent of all businesses, the smallest, are exempt from the employer responsibility requirements?

Mr. McIntyre says he is concerned that Medicare reimbursements be “proper,” and set to attract doctors to rural areas. The bill does exactly that, eliminating a planned 21 percent cut in physician fees planned for next year, and increasing reimbursement for primary care. In addition, it extends protections for rural providers — already in the law — to ensure continuing access to health care in rural areas.

Mr. McIntyre says he is worried about the bill cutting benefits to seniors. But it has provisions that extend and improve benefits to seniors, like the eventual elimination of the “doughnut hole” that traps seniors into increased payments for medication, improve the Medicare low-income subsidy plans, and enhance nursing home transparency and accountability.

Mr. McIntyre, are you trying to scare us, are you misinformed, or are you simply ignorant?

Mr. McIntyre, you say we’re going too fast with health care reform, that members of Congress ought to have more time to read the bill. Where were you during the five-hour congressional briefing session during which the bill was fully discussed?

We’re not going too fast. We’re going too slow. The voters want you to go back to Washington and get the job done!

Barney Bornn

Lumberton

5 Comments

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  2. James

    August 31, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Great letter!

  3. Brittancus

    August 31, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    SICK AND TIRED OF NOT HAVING A VOICE HEARD IN IMMIGRATION & HEALTH CARE?

    No Independent voter can agree on all issues that we are confronted in this 21 century of the United States? The demise of liberal minded Edward Kennedy demands every American respect and sincere condolences for his long and arduous battle for political reforms in our government. Even though I am a great believer in a Senators Kennedy’s public option choice to Health care. But I am adamantly–OPPOSED–to any path to citizenship for illegal immigrants he also endorsed. But alas Health care and illegal immigration are joined a the proverbial hip and must be separated. In 1985 immigration bill Sen. Kennedy assured the American people, that another AMNESTY would–NEVER–be enacted in future sessions of Congress. He was after all one of the principal authors of the Simpson/Mazzoli bill, in which he committed himself to all of the American public. Speed up a–POINTS SYSTEM–for top of the pinnacle highly skilled workers, but no more hosting millions of indigent foreign labor and families, who become public welfare charges.

    Once again we will be confronting this major dilemma on immigration reform, mainly because over many administrations immigration enforcement was never carried out. Over these decades lax policies have caused a massive overload of foreigners, who compromised themselves by not following the law, but are not entirely to blame? The awful fact is that the 1986 legislation was under funded and engineered for the particular business sector, unions, church, specialized attorneys and radical minority organizations by certain politicians. Since than the costs have been magnified, parallel to the–TRILLIONS–spent on nation building wars. At least 20 million illegal immigrants now reside in America, and decades of neglect, has swollen the numbers that in future years will undoubtedly cause irreversible overpopulation as analyzed by the US Census Bureau?

    Trying to deport so many people is a possibility and a very expensive proposition. But their is another avenue that could be used, with equal success and not costing anywhere near using a forced deportation? We must demand from our rogue lawmakers in Washington to introduce a mandated, funded E-Verify? We know it works well because Special interest groups have used their influence to derail it. In the courts they have resuscitated racial profiling, including that it was faulty in its operation. The cure is simple–plaintiffs should go to the local Social Security office for straightening out irregularities. Until now we didn’t realize its power to perform and remove illegal immigrants from the work floor and therefore our government should make it available to every employer under the penalty of fines and prison. BEFORE ANY NEW WORKER IS HIRED, THEY SHOULD BE GIVEN AN E-VERIFICATION FORM WARNING THEM OF USING BOGUS ID AND A LEGAL FORM TO SIGN UNDER THE PENALTY OF PERJURY IN MAJOR FOREIGN LANGUAGES. EACH BUSINESS MUST BE MANDATED TO DISPLAY AN E-VERIFY NOTICE. THEIR SHOULD BE A REWARD TO WORKERS, WHO CORRECTLY REPORTS ILLEGAL LABOR ACTIVITY TO ICE.

    Democratic leadership made a fatal error, as it had already been funded for months to come E-Verify. The public eye and anti-illegal immigration groups became instantly aware of its special use. An outcry to Washington caused a re-emergence of this utility and now is firmly placed as a workable tool. Further innovations and technical progress–MUST–be made available and reasonable appropriations to modify its accessibility for the most fundamental PC operative? As time goes by, as all new computer programs bugs and errors will be removed and new versions will appear. A few Eastern states have made it fully functioning, while rebel states as California–a Sanctuary illegal immigrant state–is defying its use. Through voluntary now, over time it could cause mass evacuation of illegal labor from the workplace as by “Attrition”. Millions will surely give up as employers will live under a dark cloud of penalties and return slowly to their home country.

    The 1986 (IRCA) immigration act is very potent and is currently under attack by unions, ACLU, US Chamber of Commerce, as is E-Verify, 287 G, the border fence and anything that smells of enforcement. Corporate entities–COMMAND–unparalleled cheap labor with no restriction, which has been honored by certain unethical politicians who do not represent the majority of the jobless public. Years of inactivity by unethical politicians caused the immigration mess in the first place. So the old adage stands its ground even today, “You made this bed, so now you have to sleep in it”? President Obama is going to try and insist on pushing through another immigration reform, but we cannot let this happen. He should build on the 1986 immigration reform, add amendments and stop the OVERPOPULATION of this country. Do the calculations yourselves of the trillions of dollars used–OVER THE YEARS–to cater to foreign national workers, their families in education, hospitals and the penal environment.

    We must assure that all American workers are gainfully employed, not individuals who have no right to be in our country? It makes me sick to see veterans of Korea, Viet-Nam, the Gulf war walking the streets homeless, while illegal immigrants get gratification from employers and lawmakers. WE NO LONGER CAN SUPPORT ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. OUR COUNTRY IS NEAR BANKRUPTCY. DEMAND E-VERIFY TO CHECK THE IMMIGRATION STATUS FOR EVERY US WORKER, BY CONTACTING YOUR LAWMAKER AT 202-224-3121. VOTERS SHOULD COMMAND NO MORE WEAKENING OF ANY LAWS INCLUDING 1986 (IRCA) IMMIGRATION CONTROL & REFORM ACT. JOIN NUMBERSUSA, JUDICIAL WATCH AND BE STUNNED HOW MILLIONS OF VOICES HAVE MADE AN INCREDULOUS DIFFERENCE.

    WHAT THEY ARE NOT TELLING US!

    PS: Illegal Immigrants will get full access to THE PEOPLES health care, if the Democrats pass a path to citizenship or better known as BLANKET AMNESTY. This piece of potential legislation, is not being fully advanced to the public and cloaked until after enactment?

  4. Brittancus

    September 1, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    As patriotic Americans we cannot afford to stop pursuing full, mandated E-Verify. Without it our countries businesses will be overrun by illegal workers in every sector of industry. The circumstances have now become so critical, owing to the millions of jobless citizens, legal residents that our government needs to insist full operation of the computer based application. E-Verify is a valuable tool that has expanded to a growing number of honest businesses that want to participate in the removal of foreign nationals. So far lawsuits from US Chamber of Commerce, ACLU have exposed hundreds of anti-American sovereignty groups, who have demanded the unfettered flow of foreign aliens stealing into the workplace. The federal courts have not played along and now contractors to the Federal government must implement E-Verify or not expect a contract?

    However, there is a toxicity amongst the Democrats and Republicans, who have an irrational view and are eager to destroy any immigration enforcement at our undermanned border or entrants who overstay knowingly their visits by jet. As it stands a path to citizenship, espoused as Immigration reform wants to legalize all those already here, but now its on-hold tell after the health care debacle. Can anybody imagine if foreign countries supported their citizens that America would not be suffering the problems of foreign workers and their families crowding the emergency rooms of major cities, educating their children and feeding off the limited benefits afforded the US population? E-verify must not be undermined or thrown into the waste pit of good immigration bills. 202-224-3121 is the Washington switchboard, to express your irate feelings and anguish at Senators and Representatives of both parties. Just like E-Verify if its not used correctly, Health care for all Americans will be inundated with illegal immigrants. They keep declaring no health care treatment for any illegal people, but unless a program such as E-Verify is not operational How can we distinguish from the legal population and those who have broken immigration laws? If a public option becomes law, there has to be a substantial way, to identify those those who are not entitled to any new health care reform?

    DON’T WAIT, MILLIONS HAVE NOT? YOUR VOTE IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL OPINION AGAINST ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION? SEE THROUGH THE LIES AT NUMBERSUSA, JUDICIALWATCH.

  5. Clancy Thompson

    October 20, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Congressman McIntyre seems to be a man of infinite abilities to have a bag full of reasons to do nothing. Health care will cost too much when the figures indicate that not doing something about heath care will bankrupt both families and the nation. To make changes in energy policy is too costly, as if our dependence on foreign oil is not an economic cancer that is distroying us as a nation. McIntyre needs to get real or get out.

    Clancy Thompson