Monday, April 21, 2014
Rep. Joe Wilson Had It Right When He Yelled Out 'You Lie' To Obama
Remember the firestorm that ensued when Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) yelled out "You lie" during a speech President Obama was giving to a joint session of congress on ObamaCare in 2009?
He was castigated by members of both parties, the ObamaMedia literally went insane and he was made to apologize, saying,
This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President's remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill. While I disagree with the President's statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility.
Now, people remember that, but what everyone forgets is what prompted the outburst. President Obama had just said, "There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false – the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally."
The usual suspects backed him up on that too. Factcheck.org, for instance said at the time that “Obama was correct when he said his plan wouldn’t insure illegal immigrants; the House bill expressly forbids giving subsidies to those who are in the country illegally.”
Actually, it doesn't. Not only doesn't ObamaCare bar non-citizens from buying their own health insurance coverage through the health insurance exchange, but prior to the president's speech, Democrats twice rejected amendments to the bill requiring documentation of legal status in the United States in order to receive ObamaCare benefits, something President Obama knew full well.
Flash forward to the present.
The Spanish-language version of the Covered California exchange says: “Fear not if you are undocumented and want to enroll your family in health insurance.” Nowhere on the site does it mention that illegal aliens aren't eligible for benefits or prohibited by law from enrolling in ObamaCare.
That language is present on every ObamaCare site across the country I checked...in Spanish and 11 other languages.
And that's no accident. President Obama even admitted it on March 6, 2014 in a town hall meeting with Spanish language Telemundo and Univision. He openly stated that Obamacare will make no effort to determine whether anyone who applies is actually a citizen or legal resident and sign up data will not be used for enforcing immigration laws. "None of the information that is provided in order for you to obtain health insurance is in any way transferred to immigration services. So that's something we've been very clear about."
Interestingly, he blamed congress for any deportations that have occurred, saying he has already stretched his "administrative capacity very far" by taking immigration actions using "prosecutorial discretion," a fancy way of saying that the Administration isn't prosecuting illegal aliens in deportation hearings or making much of an effort to find and deport the over 500,000 illegal aliens who already have outstanding deportation orders filed against them.
What this amounts to is that illegal aliens are definitely applying for ObamaCare, especially since most of them qualify for the subsidies, at least as far as any income they're reporting goes, since many both work under the table and collect aid like welfare benefits and food stamps. Certainly it would be interesting to see exactly how many of the enrollees the president is thumping his chest about just happen to be in the country illegally.
So we now know Rep. Joe Wilson had it exactly right. The President was lying through his teeth, and he knew it even as Rep. Wilson called him out on it. The meme has already shifted from 'no non-citizens will be eligible for ObamaCare' to 'why shouldn't undocumented workers be covered?'
Illegal aliens will receive taxpayer funded ObamaCare benefits the same way they already receive Section 8 housing, food stamps, welfare, and tax refunds for earned income credit and for children who may or may not exist. They simply apply, and the system processes them with a deliberate 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.
No one's checking, not really. And if course, if you object to being robbed blind to pay for it and to being lied to to facilitate the theft and the con, you're simply ra-aaa-a-cist.