Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Illegal Immigrants, will they be covered?

Rep. Joe Wilson (RS.C.) shouted "you lie!" after President Obama stated that his health reform proposal would not cover illegal immigrants during his address before a joint session of Congress Wednesday night.

"There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants," Obama said. "This, too, is false – the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally."

However, James Edwards, coauthor of The Congressional Politics of Immigration Reform says: "No where does the [health care] bill require verification of one’s eligibility on citizenship or immigrant status. Not in the Medicaid part. Not in the Health Insurance Exchange. Not in the government-run insurance option. Not in the taxpayer subsidy for health premium payment. Nowhere..."

Read the full article in Human Events.

The AP says that "the president's speech to Congress contained a variety of oversimplifications and omissions in laying out what he wants to do about health insurance..."

Read the AP's Fact Check here

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