September 19, 2009

Joe Wilson knows of what he speaks. South Carolina’s Republican Representative is what one of my readers has dubbed deliciously a “€œsubject matter expert”€ on providing federal health benefits to illegal aliens.

Wilson voted “€œYea”€ for the Bush “€œMedicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003.”€ Not only did this drug benefit add trillions to the Medicare shortfall, it translated into a bonanza for illegal immigrants.

Tucked away in Section 1011, titled the “€œFederal Reimbursement Of Emergency Health Services Furnished To Undocumented Aliens,”€ is the following specification:

[T]he Secretary shall pay the amount … determined under paragraph (2) directly to eligible providers located in the State for the provision of eligible services to aliens described in paragraph (5) … aliens described in this paragraph are any of the following: (A) Undocumented aliens. (B) Aliens who have been paroled into the United States at a United States port of entry for the purpose of receiving eligible services. (C) Mexican citizens permitted to enter the United States for not more than 72 hours under the authority of a biometric machine readable border crossing identification card …

Thus when Wilson indecorously, but correctly, called Obama out for lying about the ins-and-outs of HR 3200, “€America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009,”€ he was speaking as one of 204 Republicans to have endorsed Bush’s 2003 medical monstrosity. Clearly, Wilson and his colleagues know a thing or two about hiding goodies bilked from taxpayers in the 1011th Section of a hefty bill.

As a rule, it is safe to assume that the federal government, Democratic or Republican, has illegals covered. By federal fiat, state schools and hospitals must bear the costs of teaching and treating people who”€™ve broken into the country. As these federally granted mandates have not been revoked, why would Obamacare flout provisions that are already the law of the land, de jure and de facto ?

Much has been made of Section 246 of HR 3200, titled, “€œNo Federal Payment For Undocumented Aliens.”€ With their monk-like devotion to Obama, “€œ246″€ was all the evidence the media needed to pronounce Wilson a liar. But absent a screening process to exclude aliens”€”HR 3200 does not deploy the “Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements” program “”€ “€œ246″€ is no more than a “€œdon’t ask, don’t tell”€ inside joke. 

Straightforward, non-obfuscating language is a luxury our incontinent legislators can ill afford, given the level of lying they must sustain. Take Section 152 of H.R.3200, titled tellingly “€œProhibiting Discrimination In Health Care.”€ It states,

(a) In General- Except as otherwise explicitly permitted by this Act and by subsequent regulations consistent with this Act, all health care and related services (including insurance coverage and public health activities) covered by this Act shall be provided without regard to personal characteristics extraneous to the provision of high quality health care or related services.

(b) Implementation- To implement the requirement set forth in subsection (a), the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall …  promulgate such regulations as are necessary or appropriate to insure that all health care and related services … covered by this Act are provided (whether directly or through contractual, licensing, or other arrangements) without regard to personal characteristics extraneous to the provision of high quality health care or related services.

The category “€œillegal alien”€ could be counted within this broad injunction against the consideration of extraneous personal characteristics in limiting or denying care.

Can you picture the ACLU lawyers”€”or any other mandarin who works the system”€”applying the Section’s convoluted locution to illegals? Sure you can! Thousands of functionaries and mafiosi across the country will sink to ACORN-like levels of fraud and falsehood with the introduction of this president’s plan.

So hard is it to pinpoint, in H.R.3200, plain words promising to punish acts that extend the American Welfare State to the world”€”that assorted Guides for the Perplexed have emerged to assist.

One analysis, written by the Congressional Research Service, is “€œTreatment of Noncitizens in H.R. 3200.”€ Its authors state that, “€œH.R. 3200 does not contain any restrictions on noncitizens participating in the Exchange”€”whether the noncitizens are legally or illegally present, or in the United States temporarily or permanently.”€

Subsidies based on income will also be granted to “€œtrafficking victims, crime victims, fiancées of U.S. citizens, and those who have had applications for legal permanent residence (LPR) status pending for three years.”€ Besides, and as Tom Tancredo has pointed out, once amnesty is past—as it will”€”the discussion will be moot.

So when, on September 9, 2009, the representative from South Carolina interrupted the president’s address to America’s deliberative chambers by shouting “You lie!””€”he was not lying.

Wilson lied for Bush, but he did not extend that courtesy to Obama.


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