He Lies! Obamacare Does Cover Illegal Aliens
Two months ago, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) spoke truth to power when he yelled “You Lie!” as President Obama asserted “There are also those who claim that our reform efforts would insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.
Wilson was right. Obama was indeed lying.
Under legislation which the House may vote on as early as Saturday (November 6), illegal aliens were allowed to participate in the government subsidized health “exchange”. The Democrats intentionally blocked amendments to require any verification to ensure that illegal aliens do not receive the public option.
After Wilson exposed Obama and the Democrats’ lies, the White House backtracked. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that Obama would promote a bill where “illegal immigrants would not be allowed to access the exchange that is set up.” He also said that adding verification requirements is “something we’d work out with Congress.” [White House stiffens against coverage for illegal immigrants, Associated Press, September 11, 2009]
Obama can “work” all he wants, but the Democrats in Congress have apparently chosen simply to ignore his guidelines. In the 1900 pages of the health care bill, they couldn’t (=wouldn’t) add the few sentences that would keep illegal aliens from exploiting taxpayer services.
Joe Wilson along with Representatives Dean Heller (R-NV) and Nathan Deal (R-GA) are planning to introduce an amendment to the Rules committee to close this loophole. But the Democrats are planning to block it.