Looks like Rep. Joe Wilson was right after all. Obama lied. [The Arena]

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Remember back in September of 2009 when President Obama was speaking to congress about his health-care plan, and Rep. Joe Wilson shouted "you lie" after the president denied the health care plan would cover illegal immigrants?  Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, later issued a statement apologizing for his outburst, but the mainstream media still were all over him like ugly on a monkey.

Now, it appears that Rep. Wilson was right after all; President Obama was not telling the truth when he said ObamaCare would not cover illegal aliens.  Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it has awarded $28.8 million to 67 community health centers with funds from the ObamaCare health reform law.  Of that $28.8 million, "approximately $8.5 million will be used by 25 New Access Point awardees to target services to migrant and seasonal farm workers," Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Spokeswoman Judy Andrews told CNSNews.com. HRSA is a part of HHS.

And, almost in passing, Andrews admitted that grant recipients will not check the immigration status of people seeking services.  “Health centers do not, as a matter of routine practice, ask about or collect data on citizenship or other matters not related to the treatment needs of the patients seeking health services at the center,” Andrews said.

Today Rep. Wilson, on his campaign website, declared the funding announcement proved him right. Though most farm workers are here legally, the Pew Hispanic Center estimates that about a quarter of them are undocumented:   

Joe Wilson You Lie.jpg“Nearly two years ago I made national news when I voiced your outrage at the misrepresentations being perpetuated by the Obama administration. The media and Obama’s liberal allies attacked me for only pointing out the truth that ObamaCare would cover illegal immigrants.  Yesterday, my point was vindicated when the Department of Health and Human Services announced its newest ObamaCare grant.

“Because the health care centers receiving $8.5 million in ObamaCare money ‘to target services to migrant and seasonal farm workers’ will not check the immigration status of the migrant workers who seek their services it is inevitable that they will serve illegal aliens.

“The president specifically promised the American people that ObamaCare would not cover those who are here illegally. He misled all of us.”

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Rep. Joe Wilson's latest re-election bumper sticker

Rep. Joe Wilson, at Obama speech to congress: 'You lie!'

 

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About Thomas McAdam
At various times I have been a student, a soldier, a college Political Science teacher, a political campaign treasurer, and legal adviser to Louisville's Police Department and Board of Aldermen. I now practice law and share my political opinions with anyone who will listen.
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