Friday, September 11, 2009

Joe Wilson's Diarrhea Of The Mouth

Sorry Joe, I really don't have much of an issue with your outburst at President Obama's speech the other night. After all the First Amendment gives you the right to do so (along with having to live with the repercussions from exercising that right which is what you are dealing with now). What I have a problem with is the fact that you are wrong. Nothing in HR3200 gives illegal immigrants more access to healthcare than they already enjoy. In fact it specifically restricts them from benefiting from it. (though enforcement of such restrictions is questionable)

Section 246:
Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States.

If you are so dead set against illegals having access to healthcare at our expense, feel free to change the law that currently requires hospitals to treat patients no matter what their citizenship, all thanks by the way to GOP hero Ronald Reagan.
Illegal immigrants are already eligible for emergency care through the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, signed by President Reagan in 1986. This emergency care is often paid for by Emergency Medicaid, private insurance if the patients have it, out-of-pocket, or it's written off as bad debt or charity care by the hospital.

Again, I have no problem with one's voicing their opposition to any legislation. The problem I have is if you are going to set a precedent by interrupting a Presidential address, please have the courtesy to be correct. If you don't want us paying for the healthcare of illegals, introduce legislation to override the 23 year old law that allowed it in the first place instead of calling out the President because of your overactive imagination.

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