September 10, 2009

            Last night President Obama made what was touted by much of the media as a major address to Congress and the American people on healthcare. I’m not going to write a lengthy response to the speech because first, there was really nothing new in it, and secondly, he did not address the Constitutional issues. In fact, most of the health care bill supporters are running like mad from having to respond to questions from Americans on those issues.

            Instead, they take the arrogant and elitist approach that the President took last night; accusing all who oppose the enlightened paternalism of the left of either being evil or just too dumb to know that we have to be taken care of by “Big Brother”. In other words, there was little in the speech that I have not already addressed in my previous articles posted here.

            There is one issue that I need to address however, since not only have the President and members of Congress been making a point of it, but I have received several e-mails asking me about it. That is the question of whether illegal immigrants will get medical care under the provisions of HR 3200. My answer is clearly yes. This is disputed by those who point to Section 246 of the bill that is titled: “No Federal Payment for Undocumented Aliens”.

            That seems clear enough, but what does it really say in the section. There is only one sentence in the section and it states:

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

All that says is that affordability credits to help them get insurance are not available to illegals. It does not say that they can’t participate in the overall program and get reduced cost insurance under the so-called “public option”.  Nor is there anything in the bill that requires someone to verify their citizenship to get benefits from the Insurance Exchange in the program. Any enforcement provisions were specifically excluded in the House Committee. The bill also doesn’t limit the care currently being provided for free at emergency rooms and government clinics. You can read this section and the rest of the bill for yourself by going to the following link: http://thomas.loc.gov/

The access of illegal aliens to the system has been verified by a recent report released by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service. This service works for Congress and the report was released days before President Obama made his speech, yet he continued to deny that illegals will get coverage. There is also a movement among some members of Congress to grant illegal immigrants full rights to participate in all government programs including Social Security, even if they have never paid a penny into the system.

            Is it Constitutional to require American taxpayers to pay for medical coverage of those who have broken our country’s laws by sneaking across our borders? Nobody in the Obama Administration seems to care.  

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You need more comments on your blogs! Outstanding information. I am glad you are a teacher. You have the ability to break down purposefully complex prose into a nice, simple, understandable idea. KEEP IT UP!!

Thank you for taking the time to explain to us folks who need your help in understanding what big brother is trying to impose on us. What upsets me the most is the granting illegal immigrants full rights to participate in all grovernment programs including Social Security, even if they have never paid a penny into our system. Why shoull I have to pay for them. Haven't paid into the system, get nothing.
Thank you for your outstanding information.
You are a blessing to us who need information.

You explain the proposed bill for health care reform & its problems / threats clearly & concisely. It makes clear the problem Joe Wilson had w/ the president's remarks concerning illegals & this plan.
Thank you. I will pass your site on to other concerned citizens.

You are exactly what is wrong with this country. Shut up and die already, so that the rest of us have enough air to breathe.

Zac Hudson, You must be an illegal! Take your opinions and yourself back to where you came from.

Your comments are interesting and I applaud your attempt to inform. However, you don't cite any of your sources. For instance, which of the 5 bills before Congress on healthcare are you referring to? All or one or several? And be specific about what part of our constitution you believe the healthcare bills violate. One of the major reasons conservatives have made less headway against these bills is that people are uneducated about our legislative and legal system. And then they only get information from people like Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin who "rant." We don't need hysterics, we need excellent verifiable information. With that information, people will be armed with the TRUTH and be able to sucessfully deal with the liberals' falsehoods about what the bill(s) will do, who will be covered and how much it will cost. Thank you.

Hi Kathleen:
You may want to read the original post on my blog. It is called "The Truth About the Health Care Bills" and cites the title and number of the specific bill I read. It is the longest and most involved one. In the comments under that post I responded to requests to cite specific sections of the bill by doing just that.

Thank you for taking the time to read this bill and breaking it down into what is real and what isn't. What do we have to do to protect ourselves from this tyranical bunch in DC? Please keep us informed on what is the real truth (not the truth [lies]) those in congress are passing around. Obama is not what many seem to think he is and it is strange to me that they can't see him for what he really is. Just another illegal alien who wants a handout.

Thank you for responding to my email. I feel that the only truth that came from the speech was the shout "you lie".Even the reps know what is going on but are afraid to say how they really feel.They need to get together as PATRIOTIC AMERICANS and stand up for their constituants.What part of WE DON"T WANT THIS do they not understand?Today is September 11. We should be focusing on serious national security being the best it can be for FREEDOM instead of the government trying to rob us in the name of charity.

Nice work. I appreciate it. The only reason Obama can stand up in front of a joint session and lie is the media refuse to call him on his lies. They are either ignorant or controlled to the point that the CFR determines what they will report on and how they report it - kinda like the Kremlin did with Pravda. This is the biggest power grab in US history. Thank you for pointing out how it violates our Constitution.