As the U.S. Senate and U.S. House craft health care bills to, supposedly, put an end to Medicare fraud, it leaves a gaping hole for some 1 million illegal aliens to receive coverage through their employer. Remember Rep. Joe Wilson's very public, televised accusation of Obama: "you lie?" uh huh. Of course, we always knew Wilson was right, and now as well as his very public accusation, he has a very public vindication.
This, too, is false -- the reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally," Mr. Obama said.Since when has a little law-breaking bothered Democrats except when they needed an excuse to cut Medicare benefits to Seniors? They have certainly found a way do that. More from the Washington Times:
That statement elicited an outburst of "You lie" from Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina Republican.
Democrats who wrote the House bill said that employer coverage for illegal immigrants is not intentional, but rather the outcome of people breaking the law.
It's possible an employee could deceive an employer with a fraudulent document, just as under current law, to gain employment, just as it's possible for all sorts of criminal activity to occur, and why we have law enforcement," said Nadeam Elshami, a spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, who wrote the final House bill.Read more on the issue of illegals receiving health care here.
Republicans said that loopholes in the bill could allow coverage to just about any illegal immigrant who wants to cheat the system.
"This is a complete cover-all-the-gaps federal health insurance for illegals, whether it be under Medicaid, the refundable tax credit or whether it be under their employers who would not be able to verify their employers unless we fix E-Verify," said Rep. Steve King of Iowa, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee's immigration subcommittee.