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Kay Says, "It's the Illegal Immigrants" (+ Poll)

by: Elsbeth

Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 11:09 AM CDT

( - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)

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)


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.

Is Kay Bailey's Campaign for Governor in Trouble?
No. She's Just Getting Started.
Not yet. But she's getting off to a strange start.
Maybe. She won't be able to get the base.
Sorta. She's a little wobbly right now.
Probably. She's toast.
Definitely. She should just be like Sarah. Quit.


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I'm not an Illegal immigrant... (5.00 / 2)
..and I one of those uninsureds...

Elsbeth you left out a choice on the poll:

"With comments like this, She will solidify the base"

Darn it. (5.00 / 1)
I wish I could edit the poll. But I don't see a way to do that if I want to "edit" the diary. (KT, is that right?)

I will highly recommend your comment because I definitely should have included it and would fix the poll if I could.  Red meat for the base.

Also saw a minute ago that John King on CNN was discussing the Texas "stats" on health insurance and with his chart showed basically the same thing as Kay ~ that 24% of the uninsured in Texas are "illegal immigrants" and they are causing the biggest drain.

They're really pushing that line of BS.

Funny how they get away with saying that so matter-of-factly even though 100-24 = 76%. Unless I subtracted wrong.

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Is anyone surprised and Kay's double standard? (0.00 / 0)
That is what narcissists do. Texans know one in four Texans lack health insurance, giving Texas the title for highest number of uninsured citizens in the entire country. The Republican led Texas Legislature has done nothing for Texans on health care. Instead they, Kay Hutchison and John Cornyn take bribes (disguised as donations) to prevent any of meaningful change. There is an opportunity now to make people carry health insurance so Texans will not have to continue to fund 'illegal immigrants', but NO Kay Hutchison WANTS Texans to continue to pay for the uninsured.  If Texans realize those fortunate enough to have coverage, will be paying double in 10 years, then it will be too late. Hutchison, Cornyn, the Republicans in the Texas Legislature and those who support them can never make any legitimate complaints in the future on health care, if there is no change.  
Texans are even trying to rob the poorest Texans from a wage increase to $7.25, which is about $15,000 annually.  Hey Kay, how can Texans who have to pay $13,000 for health insurance each year support their families?  I know you and Cornyn and Texas Repubs, do not care, but I hope Texans will wake up and realize they are the ones getting shafted, not these rich politicians.
Remember Texans are paying for government provided health care for Kay Hutchison and John Cornyn, but they do not want Texans to have the same benefit.

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Absolutely right. (0.00 / 0)
Remember Texans are paying for government provided health care for Kay Hutchison and John Cornyn, but they do not want Texans to have the same benefit.

And the federal government provided insurance is excellent coverage. But they won't dare say that out loud.  Being a "socialist" for accepting government care doesn't fit well with their usual talking points.

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Conservatives (0.00 / 0)
Those statements aren't too shocking.  Up until the republican primary, Kay and Rick are going to be in a pissing match of who can stir up the conservative base more.  I really doubt those voters will care about scapegoating 'illegal immigrants'.  The question is which one of them will start blaming gays for the weak state of the economy.

don't let the facts get in the way, kay (3.00 / 1)
this is a popular line of argument that isn't necessarily true. they are contributors to costs in schools and hospitals...but they are not the blame.

the concept that the only uninsured folks that go and get care are illegals is too stupid to spend much time on.

but when folks are hurting, they look for someone to blame and illegal immigrants are the scapegoat-du-jour.

it is a line of "reasoning" that will sell like hotcakes on the right, even if it is completely misguided and false. it is also a little more than mild race baiting.

Please refer to KT's signature.

Put the Blame Where It Belongs (0.00 / 0)
As everybody knows, the health crisis has been concocted by Armenian rug merchants through a top-secret branch of the Masons.  If you believe that claim, send a big check to KBH asap and she'll torpedo health care reform and block the Armenian rug merchant conspiracy. Is she really trying to out-crazy Governor Rick?

texun, short answer: yep. (0.00 / 0)
long answer: she's got advisers telling her that unless she toes the anti-illegal immigrant line the corporations will rescind the flow of campaign funding.

Confused (0.00 / 0)
I am confused and maybe someone can help me.  Senator Hutchison is saying that our insurance problems are due to illegal immigrants.

I thought that the statistics were based on census data.  Or our population stats come from there.  We have over 24 million people.  Does that include illegal aliens?  Somehow, I don't see someone who is in the country filling out a census questionaire.  Or do they guestimate?  

If all the uninsured are illegal aliens and they are included in our census, then that means that we have 6 million illegal aliens in Texas?  I don't think that is possible.  

I am beginning to think that Senator Hutchison is pulling our leg or she thinks that we are pretty darn stupid.


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