The illegals made me do it is Feeney's latest excuse for his "NO" on SCHIP, the State's Children's Health Insurance Program.
Straight from the horse's mouth, Feeney emailed his constituents this explanation:
At the beginning of this month, I asked you if you believe that illegal immigrants should receive health care benefits at the expense of hardworking taxpayers. An overwhelming 94% of you agree with me and said NO!
This was one of many reasons I voted against SCHIP, a so-called State Children's Health Insurance Program that creates a new entitlement program that would be available to large numbers of adults and illegal immigrants. I did not vote against health care for children, I voted against offering illegal immigrants healthcare services at the expense of hardworking taxpayers. I opposed the plan because it eliminates proof-of-citizenship requirements for anyone applying for Medicaid and SCHIP. The vote to block illegal immigrants from receiving benefits at the expense of hardworking taxpayers is something that my constituents agree with wholeheartedly.
Feeney is still trying to sell the "I'm just trying to save Medicaire Advantage", although the AARP clearly supported the passage of SCHIP.
Feeney's pushing his own kid's health care agenda, citing "We need to eliminate the bureaucracy in healthcare to restore the doctor-patient relationship."
As noted here, that stance probably has a lot more to do with these guys than sick kids.
Looks like Feeney has a Rapid Response coalition helping him out at the Brevard Watchlist. Join the conversation.
During your visit, you might make mention just how much money Florida returns to the feds...get the numbers over at Florida Kossacks.