The bill leaves out 4.4 million Americans. These individuals are not undocumented immigrants but U.S.-born citizens. The House version included these individuals who equal more people than the population of Colorado and much more than Vermont. I am speaking about folks in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other territories.
Senate measure overlooks many Americans
President Barack Obama hails from a state that was once a territory. How can we be so easily forgotten or dismissed? And believe me—it is not an oversight. AARP has tried vigorously to support the inclusion of the territories in the Senate version. The governors of all of the territories have been lobbying. Our congressional delegates have been doing their best. But yet, we have been left out. We feel healthcare reform is critical. But it should be available to all citizens—citizens who are fighting and have fought in every war in high proportions.
Cora ChristianFrederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands
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