Obamacare And Non-US Citizens

As a follow-up to the post How The Left Tolerates Free Speech, we will examine how the Left and the President use the English language to deceive the American people when it comes to the President’s health insurance/health care initiative and illegal aliens. Since the mainstream media refuses to do their job with a minimal amount of investigation into who is really lying to the American people, let’s examine the argument right here, right now.

When the Left says that illegal aliens will not be covered in his plan, they are referring to a section of H.R. 3200 on page 143 that has to do with a form of welfare assistance called Individual Affordability Credits under Title II – Health Insurance Exchange, IE., the government-run health insurance program. Not the receiving of health care. Despite what they would want you to believe, these are two different and distinct issues. When the President says illegals will not be covered, he is either talking about what is not yet written or lying about what is written. In either case, the proof is in the actions of the Democrats in Washington.

Sec. 246 plainly 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.

That’s fine. Obviously, cutting checks or issuing credits for illegal aliens would be problematic for a whole host of reasons not the least of which would be no Social Security Number to attach a check or credit to. They are not US citizens. They are citizens of some other country.

As for illegal aliens receiving health care under H.R. 3200, it is not that they are explicitly included but rather that they are not explicitly excluded as described on page 50, Sec 152 pertaining to prohibiting discrimination in health care. Not payments or credit, but in the providing of health care.

SEC. 152. PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH CARE.

22 (a) IN GENERAL.—Except as otherwise explicitly permitted by this Act and by subsequent regulations consistent with this Act, all health care and related services (including insurance coverage and public health activities) covered by this Act shall be provided without regard to personal characteristics extraneous to the provision of high quality health care or related services.

The legalese in this section is what prompted the Heller Amendment, proposed by Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev) in July 2009. The bill would require using the same database that is used to verify employment eligibility that verifies social security numbers on job applications, The Income and Eligibility Verification System (IEVS), and the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE).  The Heller Amendment was defeated along party lines.

Why do you suppose the bill would have been defeated if it were not the intent of the Obama administration to include non-US citizens? And why do you suppose the Obamamedia doesn’t seem to be the least bit curious about it either? Oh that’s right. The media watchdog died last year.

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