Monday, September 28, 2009

Cue Joe Wilson

Fearful that they're losing ground on immigration and health care, a group of House Democrats is pushing back and arguing that any health care bill should extend to all legal immigrants and allow illegal immigrants some access, The Washington Times reported on Monday.

The Democrats, trying to stiffen their party's spines on the contentious issue, say it's unfair to bar illegal immigrants from paying their own way in a government-sponsored exchange. Legal immigrants, they say, regardless of how long they've been in the United States, should be able to get government-subsidized health care if they meet the other eligibility requirements.

"Legal permanent residents should be able to purchase their plans, and they should also be eligible for subsidies if they need it. Undocumented, if they can afford it, should be able to buy their own private plans. It keeps them out of the emergency room," said Rep. Michael M. Honda, California Democrat and chairman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.

Honda was joined by more than 20 of his colleagues in two letters laying out the demands.

Coverage for immigrants is one of the thorniest issues in the health care debate, and one many Democratic leaders would like to avoid. But immigrant rights groups and the Democrats who sent the letters say they have to take a stand now.

Hey, wait a minute. Here's a thought. If they are ILLEGAL, why not ship them back when they sign up for health care or show up at an emergency room?

And if someone is here legally, but is not a citizen of this country, why are we taxpayers expected to subsidize their health insurance?




Linda September 28, 2009 at 11:44 AM  

Yep, I agree with you 100%!

Anonymous,  September 28, 2009 at 1:42 PM  

Joe was so right.

Red September 28, 2009 at 3:20 PM  

This is such bullshark. This whole 'health care bill' is just another way to stick to the middle class so that illegals can have more freebies.

The Cookie Blog September 28, 2009 at 3:56 PM  

Maybe all the Democrats,Obama, and the White House, should apologize to Joe Wilson.
Oh what was I thinking? That would take some honestly and guts.

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