He Lies! Obamacare Does Cover Illegal Aliens. (And Legal Immigrants Too, Needless To Say)

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."
[Transcript]

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.

According to the
Associated Press,                                  

“Rep.
Louise Slaughter
(D-N.Y.) indicated that the House
will have to vote on a bill that allows illegal aliens
to use the new health care `exchange` and that does not
require verification to keep illegal aliens out of the
other parts of the proposed new federal health care
system.”

Despite Obama`s promises not to
cover illegal aliens in the exchange, he will not
pressure Congress to follow his own guidelines.
 The

Hispanic Caucus
sent their leaders to demand that
Obama keep this loophole in the bill, and threatened to
vote against it if it were closed. After the meeting,
the Associated
Press
reported,

“`He listened to
us. We listened to him,` said
Rep. Nydia Velazquez,
D-N.Y., head of the

Congressional Hispanic Caucus
. `We made it very
clear that 20 votes in the Hispanic caucus depend on the
language in the House bill.

“Currently, there
is no prohibition in the House bill against illegal
aliens buying insurance in the exchange, but the White
House backs such a ban and one exists in the Senate
bill.

“`I think that he
got our message,` Velazquez said.`
[Obama,
House Dems press for health care votes
, by Erica
Werner and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press,
November 5, 2009]

What about verification? Virtually all means-tested
programs require that applicants be

verified
through the

Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements

[SAVE] program before getting benefits.

 But both the
Senate and House versions of health care reform only
require immigrants to show a
driver`s
license
or
social
security
card to prove legal status. Needless to
say, as long experience with only requiring

employees
to provide
easily
forged ID cards
to prove their

legal work status
shows, this will not keep illegals
from fraudulently acquiring healthcare.
 

Another loophole to give illegal aliens healthcare:

anchor babies.

Congressional Research Services reported that

“There could be instances where some family members would meet the
definition of an eligible individual for purposes of the
credit, while other family members would not… H.R. 3200
[Note H.R. 3200 is not the version of the Health
Care Bill that will be voted on—that`s H.R.
3692—however, the exact same problem exists in both
bills.] does not
expressly address how such a situation would be treated.
Therefore, it appears that the Health Choices
Commissioner would be responsible for determining how
the credits would be administered in the case of
mixed-status families.”
[Treatment
of Noncitizens in H.R. 3200
, by Alison Siskin,
Congressional Research Services, August 26, 2009]

In other words, if a child of an
illegal alien is an

anchor baby US Citizen
and thus eligible for
Obamacare, then the
entire family—legal or illegal—is
also eligible.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)

summarized
all these problems succinctly

“First, the bill allows open access to the federally run Health
Insurance Exchange, subsidized with two billion dollars
of taxpayer funds. Second, the bill contains an
unreliable verification mechanism. Applicants for
federal insurance subsidies will not even be required to
provide identity documents to prove they are who they
claim to be. And third, the bill leaves open the
possibility that if one citizen family member is
eligible for benefits, then the whole family, including
illegal immigrant family members, is also eligible for
the benefits.”

In addition (and an even bigger
problem): legal
immigrants can suck resources from the American
taxpayer. The 1996 Welfare Reform Act sensibly

barred
legal immigrants from receiving means tested
services in their first five years here. But H.R. 3692,
explicitly provides an exemption, so that immigrants are
immediately
eligible for taxpayer-funded healthcare.

Polls show that 83% of Americans
don`t want illegal aliens to be covered by government
insurance. But Obama apparently missed that
message—because he is too concerned with the
ethnic
lobbies
within

his own party
.

While the Democrats lie about

illegal aliens being covered by Obamacare,
they are
very upfront about the fact that covering illegals won`t
matter anyway if we pass amnesty.

Sen. Jeff Bingham (D-NM) said:
“We are not trying to expand health care coverage to illegal immigrants
through this legislation. That

will have to be dealt with
through comprehensive
immigration reform
[a.k.a.
amnesty
].”

The Democrats realize that the
immigration battle is tied to the health care battle.
And so should immigration patriots.

If the immigration issue manages to
sink Obama`s top legislative goal, it`s a safe bet that
amnesty for illegals will be dead on arrival.

"Washington Watcher" [email
him
] is an anonymous source Inside The
Beltway.