September 10th, 2009

"You Lie!"

...is what South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson shouted to Obama when he promised illegal immigrants will not get coverage through any health care reform bill. This is apparently so important an entire section of this legislation was drafted just to make sure anybody seeking coverage in a goverment provided plan is legally in America.

Can I ask why it is so terrible to offer them coverage? If an illegal immigrant gets injured or deathly ill, they will be taken to an emergency room and treated at taxpayer expense anyway. There are many diseases that can be spread through a sneeze or a cough. Viruses and bacteria do not ask you for papers before infecting you. Heaven forbid an epidemic occurs in America. Don't you think having an underground population with no access to medical care would be disastrous should -- say a Swine Flu outbreak occur? Again, remember that viruses don't ask for immigration documents.

Given that even the public plan is intended to be self-sufficient, paid for by the premiums the users pay into the system, why not let undocumented immigrants pay into the public plan to get coverage, too?

Don't tell me. I already have an idea as to why.

Indoctrinate Your Children Well!

Back to Texas...

If two wingnuts had their way, children in Texas, and throughout the country would not learn about Cesar Chavez and Thurgood Marshall because they were not important enough to learn about. Well, they seem to have relented on Chavez, but I can't find anything on their opinion of Marshall. No, they want to make room for people like Newt Gingrich, Jerry Falwell, Phyllis Schlafly and Charlton Heston.

Fortunately, folks at the Univ. of Texas, El Paso is tracking all of this stupid, so folks can hopefully stop it.