OB can't handle the truth

I didn't need Rep. Joe Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, to tell me that President Barack Obama is fudging on health care reform. (My previous column is here.) But calling the

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Rep. Joe Wilson

president a liar during his address to congress was beyond stupid; it more evidence that civility is an endangered species in today's society. Besides, it just gave the Democratic tongue-waggers in the media a lot of copy to club their opponents' heads with and divert attention from the real issue.

But if we can get beyond all that, maybe we could have a thoughtful discussion about what House Bill 3200 says about illegal immigrants.

First, the bill's critics argue that while it clearly states whlle illegal immigrants are not eligible to receive taxpayer-funded health premiums, it is silent about how that provision shall be enforced. Republicans tried to tried to fix this oversight with an amendment that would require the use of the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program, commonly used in government means-tested
programs.The Democrats defeated the amendment in committee.

Another point: How many illegal immigrants will sign up for the program
when they are legalized by immigration "reform" being pushed by Obama
and others? 

Here is another salient question, as posed by the Center for Immigration Studies

Will
illegal immigrants be required to buy health care insurance coverage?
The non-partisan arm of Congress, the Congressional Research Service,
summarizes HB3200 this way: "...all legal permanent residents, non
immigrants and unauthorized aliens who meet the substantial
presence test [anyone in the country for at least 31 days in the
current year and at least 183 day in the current and last two years]
would be required to obtain health insurance." The bill doesn't define
legal status for determining "substantial presence." [emphasis added]

Here is the crux:

The legislation offers affordable premium credits, or more simply
affordability credits, to persons with low incomes who meet the
substantial presence criteria. Under HR 3200, individuals would use the
newly created Health Insurance Exchange to get affordability credits or
to enroll in the to-be-created government-provided health insurance
program often referred to as the "public option." The credits are based
on a sliding scale, with lower-income people getting a larger credit.
The income ceiling for the credits and public option is 400 percent of
the poverty level. Section 246 of HR 3200 states, "Nothing in this
subtitle shall allow federal payments for affordability credits on
behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United
States."2
But as CRS points out, "HR 3200 does not contain any restrictions on
non-citizens -- whether legally or illegally present, or in the United
States temporarily or permanently -- participating in the Exchange."3
So it would seem that illegal immigrants, along with some temporary
workers and visitors, would be required to have insurance and could use
the Exchange, despite a bar on them receiving taxpayer-financed
affordable premium credits

There's more, if you're interested in thoughtful consideration of
health care reform. But let me ask this: If Obama is so sincere about
excluding illegal immigrants from his health care program, let him (or
his congressional allies) offer amendments that would close this and
other loopholes? Their silence tells it all.

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  • The incident that occurred in Congress by Rep. Joe Wilson R-NC, illustrates the consequences of a blurring line between illegal immigration and health care. Our politicians have been alerted to the angry voices of the American people. For once they have disregarded the business campaign contributors and all the cloaked gifts given for services rendered by special interest lobbyists. Millions of US citizens are enraged with the status quo buying favors from our representatives that has led to our wilting economy. Today speaking on behalf of Washington committees on health care, the lawmaking emphasized that illegal aliens cannot access the new health reform package, that any person applying will be checked through government databases.

    E-Verify might be implemented for this very issue, that it has shown in the majority of cases remarkable successes in remove illegal alien workers from the working environment. E-Verify can solve this problem and bring sanity back to immigration enforcement. E-VERIFICATION OF EACH AND EVERY AMERICAN WORKER MUST BE MADE PERMANENT? NOT JUST VOLUNTARY POLICY, BUT AS A FULL FORCE OF OPERATION CARRYING STRICT PENALTIES. This operation will work under federal policies? But what about state laws? California as an example is a Sanctuary state for millions of illegal immigrants and their families? Other border states are also occupied by large proportions of unlawful populations of foreign nationals?

    This last year has culminated in huge financial losses in California caused by millions of low income illegal aliens, which has created a third world community within the United States. There must be federal measures to bring under control, massive spending benefits for people who have no right from benefiting from those who come here legally or were born here. How can any public health care option work at a state level, when states like California ignore federal law, regarding financial refuge to indigent people? Our own people remain homeless and in many cases without hope, when legislators have prioritized, health care, education an overloaded jail system and easy welfare money for illegal immigrants?

    The once golden state has been using taxpayer money, to support illegal aliens, when the same expenditures should have been adopted for a collapsing infrastructure. Highways, schools, tunnels, bridges and dams in a dangerous state of disrepair? Our legislators in many cases have been seduced by lobbyists and should be banned from any contact with our politicians. This will never happen, but something must be done? Millions have been spent on derailing the health care reform currently and in the past, as has immigration enforcement. Rescinding 287(g) federal training for local police enforcement of immigration laws, the NO MATCH LETTER and the cutting back on ICE raids on obnoxious businesses using foreign workers.

    The order to crush E-verify was given to Sen.Harry Reid, Speaker Pelosi, Janet Napolitano, but narrowly survived in the Senate chambers. Both political parties are equally to blame for not enforcing the 1986 Immigration Control & Reform Act that was inundated with fraud and a desire to weaken the laws. Now they want to rescind that law, offering yet another reform package that will never function? Let

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