Joe Wilson Voted To Cover Illegal Immigrants
You can’t make this stuff up:
On Wednesday night, Rep. Joe Wilson [R, SC-2], shouted “You lie!” at President Obama when he said that the healthcare bill would not cover illegal immigrants. “The supporters of the government takeover of healthcare and liberals who want to give healthcare to illegals are using my opposition as an excuse to distract from the critical questions being raised about this poorly conceived plan,” Wilson said the next day in a campaign fundraising video.
However, in 2003, Wilson voted to provide federal funds for illegal immigrants’ healthcare. The vote came on the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, which contained Sec. 1011 authorizing $250 million annually between 2003 and 2008 for government reimbursements to hospitals who provide treatment for uninsured illegal immigrants. The program has been extended through 2009 and there is currently a bipartisan bill in Congress to make it permanent.
Recap time! Rep. Wilson, a retired army colonel, disrespects the commander-in-chief while he’s addressing a joint sessions, calling him a liar. The issue is over whether or not illegal immigrants will be covered in the health reform bill. He’s vehemently opposed to it, except for when he voted in favor of it in 2003. Oh, and illegal immigrants will not be covered under Obama’s plan, or any plan for that matter.
Either the guy is a willing shill of the health insurance industry, or he’s truly as stupid as he appears. Perhaps the two aren’t mutually exclusive.
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