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Old 09-09-2008, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Chicago's burbs
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My state of Illinois adopted a healthcare plan called All Kids, which insures all kids in Illinois under the age of 19 regardless of their immigration status. It states right on the All Kids website that all kids are eligible, regardless of immigration status: About All Kids
Of course, this is on the Illinois taxpayer's dollar. What angers me about this, is that I have a very severly disabled brother, who my state shamefully ranks 51st in services for, and funding for the disabled was recently cut again to fund this all kids healthcare program. Illinois neglects special-needs citizens | NorthPointe Resources

My brother is 27-years-old, and has been cared for by parents for his entire life. He was born with a rare chromosome disorder called 18Q-, is autistic, has the mental capacity of a 1-year-old, and is extremely hard to care for. Think of a toddler in the body of an adult man. He needs everything done for him, 24/7 care. My parents are getting older now, and their wish for him is to live in a group home setting. Unfortunately, there is no money in Illinois to help the disabled. He has been on waiting lists to get into a group home for years and the day school he attends for 4 hours a day is in danger of being closed do to recent budget cuts. I'm really worried about his future, and my parents as he is really too much for them to handle. Illinois, a relatively wealthy state, ranks 51st out of the 50 states in services for the disabled. (Washington D.C. was included.) My parents are thinking of retiring to another state so my brother can get the care he needs. I think this is shameful. Kane County Chronicle - Local News and Video for Kane County, Illinois - Illinois ranks last in supporting small group homes for developmentally disabled

I am extremely angry that Illinois, who always has ranked near the bottom for services for the disabled, now ranks 51st as more money has been taken away from our most helpless disabled citizens so that we can provide free healthcare to illegal allien kids. There is only so much money to go around. Shouldn't we be caring for our own first?
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