Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rep. Wilson Was Right - Senate Dems to Close Loophole in Health Reform Bill

Rep. Joe Wilson was right. The bills in Congress have no enforcement against illegal aliens getting health care, the Congressional Research Service says. President Obama was lying when he said illegals cannot get benefits under the bills. Republicans made several attempts to amend the bills to include enforcement - Rep. Dean Heller and Rep Nathan Deal in separate subcommittees - but were voted down on party-line or near-party-line votes. Reports say that Friday the Democrats in the Senate did a sudden about face to close the loophole. Political News - :
Wilson apologized again Thursday morning, though he also says a massive loophole could wind up in the health care bill: no requirement to prove citizenship for health care coverage. Among three House committees to pass bills for health reform, only one expressly bans federal funding for proving health coverage to illegal immigrants. "The Congressional Research Service has indicated that indeed the bills that are before Congress would include illegal aliens," Wilson said. "And I think this is wrong." Indeed, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service study found that the House health care bill does not restrict illegal immigrants from receiving health care coverage. House Republican Minority Leader John Boehner amplified the complaint that without proof of citizenship, illegal immigrants could be insured. "There were two opportunities for House Democrats to make clear that illegal immigrants wouldn't be covered by putting in requirements to show citizenships," he said. "Both of those amendments were, in fact, rejected." In the Senate, Democrats in the so called "Gang of Six," a group of bipartisan senators on the Senate Finance Committee which is the last panel yet to release its bill, began moving quickly to close the loophole that Wilson helped bring greater attention to.
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