Now that President Obama’s on record assuring us that his healthcare proposal won’t extend coverage to illegal immigrants (Rep. Joe Wilson, call your office!), it turns out that he crossed his fingers a little bit when he said that. Yup, ObamaCare won’t cover illegals–so we’ll just make them legal, heh, heh!

Here’s the Washington Times’s report on Obama’s Wednesday speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Insitute:

President Obama said this week that his health care plan won’t cover illegal immigrants, but argued that’s all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage.

He also staked out a position that anyone in the country legally should be covered – a major break with the 1996 welfare reform bill, which limited most federal public assistance programs only to citizens and longtime immigrants.


Mr. Obama added, “If anything, this debate underscores the necessity of passing comprehensive immigration reform and resolving the issue of 12 million undocumented people living and working in this country once and for all.”

Hot Air comments:

In other words, not only should everyone pay for Americans to get health care, we should pay for health care for those who came here illegally.  That’s going to be a winning argument in 2010, especially in Blue Dog districts!  We’re going to bust the budget and infringe on your personal choices, and we’re going to make you pay for insurance for illegal immigrants!

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