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August 10, 2006

Democrats accuse Blackburn and other House Republicans of grandstanding

In the Tennessean there is an article by Travis Loller, Staff Writer;

“U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood) is hosting a hearing on “Examining the Impact of Illegal Immigration on the Medicaid Program and Our Healthcare Delivery System” Thursday. The hearing is one of several across the country.

Although the event is billed as a nonpartisan approach to gathering information on the issue and boasts an impressive panel of expert witnesses, Democrats accuse Blackburn and other House Republicans of grandstanding”.

http://tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060808/NEWS02/60808031

Here is info about the sham hearing from the website of Marsha Blackburn;

Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN-7th District) will host a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing to investigate the cost of illegal immigration to the nation's health care system on Thursday, August 10 at Brentwood City Hall. Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairman Nathan Deal will chair the hearing.

Brentwood City Hall, 5211 Maryland Way, Brentwood, Thursday, August 10th at 10:00 AM CST

Here is a list of the Witnesses that will provide testimony with my comments as notes after their name and title.

Tennessee State Senator Bill Ketron
Note; Senator Ketron has run a very conservative campaign while in office. Unfortunately for him platform is a loser in the last several statewide campaigns in Tennessee.

Tennessee State Representative Donna Rowland
Note; Representative Donna Rowland likewise has run extremely conservative campaigns, see above.

Mr. Darin J., Director, Bureau of Tenncare
Note; undocumented workers receive no Tenncare. The undocumented workers do pay taxes to support those receiving Tenncare.

Dr. Dennis G. Smith, Center for Medicaid, Washington, DC
Note; undocumented workers receive no Medicaid, however they pay taxes which support Medicard.

Mrs. Jone Koford, President of American Division, LifePoint Hospitals, Brentwood, TN
Note; very few immigrants legal or otherwise live in Brentwood.
So I ask the question is this hearing a burning issue or one which will burn those who participate.

Mr. Bob Duncan, V.P. for Advocacy and Government, Methodist Healthcare-LeBonheur Memphis, TN
Note the website for LeBonheur states; The doors of Le Bonheur will never be found closed and will forever hereafter be open to those who come in need, seeking its help.", Mrs. Howard Pritchard, President, Le Bonheur Club, June 15, 1952. Let's hope that the testimony of Mr. Duncan will reflect the website.

Gary Perizzo, Office of Finance, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
Note the VUMC website states the Vision of its Community Initiatives is that, over time, Nashvillians will enjoy a safer, more attractive living environment; better schools; broader job opportunities; and greater access to health care as a result of their relationship with VUMC.
This sounds great any more questions?

Posted by VisaLawyer at August 10, 2006 01:55 PM

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