First it was the Senate Gang of Six who took it upon themselves to fix Joe Wilson’s imaginary loophole, the one which caused Wilson out of frustration to accuse Barack Obama of lying as to whether Democratic health care proposals included illegal aliens. And caused the left-wing spin machine and blogs dishonestly to tag Wilson as “the liar.”
Now the White House has announced that it too is fixing Joe Wilson’s imaginary loophole:
A White House spokesman, Reid Cherlin, said that the president’s proposals would bar illegal immigrants from purchasing private insurance through the new government marketplace, known as an exchange, and that verification of immigration status would be required for anyone seeking to purchase coverage.
Hand it to Joe Wilson. While we can dispute whether he should have shouted out during a speech by a President to a joint session of Congress (because Democrats never did that to George W. Bush), just two days after the shout out we know Wilson was right on the substance.
More important, it is amazing what can be accomplished by shouting-out the truth. Maybe the problem in Washington is not that politicians in the House of Representatives are too frank, but that they are servile to their party leadership and not free to speak their minds.
Although Mr. Obama in his speech referred to his “plan,” the White House has not developed a written legislative health care proposal and does not intend to do so, instead relying on committees in Congress, which have drafted several versions of the bill, some running more than 1,000 pages.
So Obama wasn’t being literally correct when said things such as:
- “Here are the details that every American needs to know about this plan.”
- “Nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.”
- “What this plan will do is make the insurance you have work better for you.”
- “[W]e’ve estimated that most of this plan can be paid for by finding savings within the existing health care system”
You see, it depends upon what the meaning of “plan” is. Clintonian.
Democrats have received a bounce in the polls as a result of Obama’s speech about his non-existent plan, although it remains to be seen how long it lasts when the details of the “plan” are put into legislative language.
As for Joe Wilson, he is about to be reprimanded by the Democrats in the House for his outburst. I hope that Charlie Rangel and Barney Frank introduce the resolution on the floor of the House so we can see what fine, upstanding citizens we have running this country. And drafting the details of Obama’s “plan.”