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Letters: Immigration and health care -- Papers please!

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Posted: Saturday, September 11, 2010 5:00 am

“Fathom the odd hypocrisy that Obama wants every citizen to prove they are insured, but people don’t have to prove they are citizens.” — Ben Stein

I wish that Ben Stein had also pointed out this also means that non-citizens and illegal aliens living amongst us will not have to be insured. In other words, the rest of us will continue to fund their health care as we do now.

And how is this law to be enforced? Will all traffic cops be called upon by the feds to seek proof of medical insurance as well as auto insurance? Well, the feds couldn’t insist on that as it would show support for Arizona’s 1070 law. Couldn’t have that now, could we? So how about the Army asking to “see your papers”? Posse Comitatus? – shades of Nazi Germany? No way, Hosea! So with no way to enforce this law, we will have to revert to what Harry Reed describes as “voluntary compliance” – you know – like how we “voluntarily” pay income taxes.

This illustrates what happens when politicians pass laws without even reading them.

On the other hand, maybe they did read and understand this law but saw it as another way to buy the votes of Hispanic-Americans and their “soon-to-be-given-another-one-last-time-amnesty” relatives.

Or perhaps I am just getting overly skeptical in my old age.

Jack C. McVickers, Scottsdale

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