Rohrabacher: Obama's Health Plan Rewards Illegals

Monday, 21 Sep 2009 01:30 PM

By Dave Eberhart

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WASHINGTON — Congressman Dana Rohrabacher , R-Calif., told Newsmax that the great headline-grabbing healthcare debate should not blind Americans to the dramatic impact ill-conceived immigration reform will have on the availability of health insurance.

Newsmax caught up with the lawmaker at the recent Federation for Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” gathering at the Phoenix Park Hotel.

“I’m hoping that what’s going on here will finally open people’s eyes that illegal immigration is part of the debate on healthcare,” Rohrabacher said. “Part of the reason why a lot of Americans don’t have health insurance is because illegals have flooded into jobs and are willing to work for companies that pay more wages and offer no benefits.”

“Without that [influx of illegals], companies would be asking for labor and be willing to offer them benefits like healthcare insurance,” he added.

Rohrabacher had come to the FAIR gathering to lend his support to that organization’s President, Dan Stein, who was busy himself sounding the clarion call about allowing the Obama administration to push through any reform that features amnesty.

“As we gather here in the nation’s capital, another illegal alien amnesty bill has been introduced in the Senate,” Stein warned. “Like its predecessor, this bill rewards millions of people who broke our laws with the gift of American citizenship…”

For his part, Rohrabacher described a vicious and insidious process at foot in the country involving not only the growing number of companies that don’t offer health insurance, but a general “lowering of the wage level so that our own people can't afford healthcare when they could otherwise.”

“You know, when I was scooping ice cream at Marineland’s snack bar in high school and college, guess what, my employer provided healthcare -- a healthcare policy if you could imagine that,” he added. “If you go into all of these places right now, they don’t give you healthcare packages, and very few of the people in there speak fluent English as well.”

Rohrabacher had a bone to pick with elected officials, who seem to have lost sight of just who they represent.

“We end up taking care of and being more concerned about people who have come here illegally from other countries than we do about our own people, and that’s what it comes down to,” he said. “Elected officials who are elected to represent the people of the United States are more concerned about the people of other countries, especially those who have come here illegally, than they are about the well being of our own people. It’s a disgrace. It’s a betrayal of our people.”

Enemy Identification

Newsmax asked the lawmaker who he saw as the real enemy to a common sense immigration policy.

“It’s the globalists,” Rohrabacher explained. “This is not a fight between Republicans and Democrats. This is a fight between people who are totally committed to trying to serve the best interest of the people of the United States … versus the globalists, who have this global reference that citizenship really doesn’t count and that being an American is less important than being a citizen of the world.”

Rohrabacher made it plain that he did not think President Barack Obama understood the clear priorities, noting that when Obama visited Berlin he donned the cloak of a citizen of the world. “He’s not a citizen of the world,” Rohrabacher retorted. “He’s like the President of the United States.”

“The real enemies are the people who have loftier goals, and maybe are truly benevolent spirits, but they are going to have a horrible impact on the American people,” he lamented.

Newsmax reminded the lawmaker the President of FAIR had gone on record earlier in the day that he was profoundly disappointed that President Obama seemed to be listening to only one side of the immigration reform story.

Rohrabacher fired back, “Obama is a leftist. Obama is a leftist.”

“I know that he was raised by people who were very far to the left… He thinks that a more socialistic country … is the answer, and let them plan out our society -- rather than this chaotic system that is run by greed and by corporate, you know, goons, who are stepping on people’s well being.

“That is his fame of reference … He is going to hurt everybody as an American citizen. He is going to hurt all of us. The damage that he will do is the same, you know. I don’t care if he is well motivated or not -- because we all know the way to hell is paved with good intentions and that is where he is taking us.”

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