Remember President Obama’s promise that his healthcare overhaul would never, never, never extend coverage to illegal immigrants? And remember Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” when Obama reiterated his promise to Congress in September?
Let’s see who was right–and yup, it was Joe Wilson! Turns out, according to the Center for Immigration Studies, that, thanks to mandates or near-mandates in both congressional health bills, about 1 million illegal immigrants will be able to obtain health coverage through their employers if some version of either bill passes.
The Washington Times reports:
The House bill mandates, and the Senate bill strongly encourages, businesses to extend health care coverage to all employees. But the bills do not have exemptions to screen out illegal immigrants, who usually obtain jobs by using false identities and are indistinguishable from legal workers.
Democrats who wrote the House bill said that employer coverage for illegal immigrants is not intentional, but rather the outcome of people breaking the law.
Oh. That makes me feel a whole lot better. I dunno about you.
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