When President Obama was pushing Obamacare, he stated before a joint session of Congress in September 2009 that it would not be opened up to illegal immigrants.
Remember what happened next? Representative Joe Wilson yelled, “You lie!” and it caused quite a stir.
Here’s the clip:
Wilson may have violated the rules of decorum, but was he wrong? It has taken some time, but President Obama may owe Wilson an apology. From Forbes:
State Senator Richard Lara has already moved a bill through the California State Senate that would allow illegal immigrants to buy unsubsidized health insurance in the state’s Obamacare exchange. The state would have to receive a federal waiver from the Obama administration before implementing it.
The bill would also extend coverage to illegal residents under the age of 19 to enroll in California’s fully paid-for Medicaid program.
The Pew Research Center has estimated that there are 2.5 million illegal immigrants in California.
And consider this. Passage of SB 4 could be a real boon to the business of health care delivery in California. California’s impressive medical system could be the leader in international medical tourism.
SB 4 would also make it clear that a foreign person could land at LAX, give Covered California a call and sign up for an almost full pay Platinum plan for a few hundred dollars a month, on the first of the following month when their coverage became effective show up at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and have thousands of dollars of treatment, get back on the plane and go home, and then drop the coverage.
SB 4 doesn’t have any requirements for how long a person has to be in the country to enjoy these benefits. All SB 4 says is, “No individual in California should be excluded from obtaining coverage through the California Health Benefit Exchange by reason of immigration status.”
This is pretty remarkable.
How many promises has President Obama made about his signature healthcare plan that have turned out not to be true?
- If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor – Wrong
- If you like your plan, you can keep your plan – Wrong
- Premiums will go down for everybody by an average of $2500 – Wrong
- States can expand Medicaid without any cost to the state – Wrong
The list can go on. This article from Heritage is nearly 2 years old but details 10 broken promises at the time.