Why are our Republican senators so uninformed? (It's a nicer word than dumb.) We deserve so much better. Or maybe she doesn't mind being considered “uninformed” since that's what we're used to from our most recent governors.
Senator Hutchison Blames Illegal Immigrants
Bill Zeeble, KERA News (2009-07-24)
DALLAS, TX (KERA) -
At a Dallas press conference, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison blamed illegal immigrants for making Texas the national leader in uninsured residents. But hospital officials and state statistics don't back her up. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more.
Texas leads the nation in the number of uninsured. When asked how she would solve that problem, Senator Hutchison blamed illegal immigrants.
Hutchison: We have the highest number of uninsured mostly because of the illegal immigrant population.
State hospital officials say that's wrong. Ann Ward is a Vice President with the Texas Hospital Association, in Austin.
Ann Ward: People say illegal immigrants are a large part of the uninsured population but the studies I've seen by the Texas Department of Insurance, it's less than 20 percent of uninsured are illegal immigrants. And one thing we know, many of the people who come to hospitals for care. They pay, they pay cash. [Emphasis added.]
Hear it and read it, here. I don't know. Is she really serious about her campaign? Making a statement that is so factually in error and can be so easily debunked (and has been quite forcefully).
Why doesn't she mention the problem with health insurance costs and how pre-existing conditions = huge premiums or no real coverage? I haven't heard even one criticism of insurance companies.
Today she's criticizing Perry for turning down the funding from the stimulus package.
Seems like she's changing the subject. Quickly.