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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Obama Lied, Joe Wilson Vindicated, Senate Introduces Bill to Stop Illegal Immigrant Subsidies from Obamacare

Remember this little nugget?


Obama said illegals wouldn't get benefits from Obamacare.Yes I recall all the kerfuffle on Joe Wilson yelling "You Lie!" to the great Obama. I bet you do too. The press had a field day:
The President's seemingly simple statement that "the reforms I am proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally" is not hard to check. In the Senate Finance Committee's working framework for a health plan, which Obama's speech seemed most to mimic, there is the line, "No illegal immigrants will benefit from the health care tax credits." Similarly, the major health-care-reform bill to pass out of committee in the House, H.R. 3200, contains Section 246, which is called "NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS." Some Republicans have claimed that these protections are too weak, since they do not require stringent eligibility checks that would prevent illegal immigrants from gaming the system.

It did not take long for the condemnations to rain down on Wilson. Republican Senator John McCain went on CNN to call Wilson's behavior "totally disrespectful" and to ask for an apology. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy was beside himself as he walked out of the House chamber. "I've been here for 35 years. I've been here for seven presidents. I've never heard anything like that," he said, adding that he had no doubt how it would play in the hinterlands. "It strengthens the President, because it demonstrates what he is facing. Most people have respect for the President."

Except as it turns out, Obama did lie. Joe was right. Why else would the Senate have to introduce a bill to get the illegal subsidies to stop? Because it wasn't defined in the bill in the first place. And Obama doesn't give a shit if it was or wasn't, if he said he wouldn't in the past, or really anything that doesn't benefit him in the here and now. He'll hand over the money behind his back while telling you to your face that he is not in fact handing money that you can plainly see with your lying eyes. Now be more respectful, you heathen hillbilly.

U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today introduced a package of bills to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving healthcare subsides through Obamacare and higher education tax credits.

"Illegal immigrants absolutely should not be benefiting from American taxpayers through Obamacare or our higher education tax credits," Vitter said. "We need to actually enforce our immigration laws and take away any incentives to live here illegally."

Vitter says the Stopping Illegal Obamacare Subsidies Act is a much needed response to a June 2014 report from the non-partisan Inspector General (IG) which found over one million Obamacare applications with problems related to an individual's citizenship and legal status have gone unresolved.

Vitter's bill would stop the Obama administration's plans to automatically enroll these potentially illegal immigrants for 2015, and eliminates these illegal Obamacare subsidies by prohibiting taxpayer funded financial assistance for individuals whose self-attested personal information, including social security numbers, citizenship, and legal status are inconsistent with federal data sources.

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