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"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.

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rasa
Sep. 10th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
I 100% agree with you here. Thanks for bringing my blood pressure down a notch.

Can't let those brown people have access to healthcare, now. Right?
sterlingnorth
Sep. 10th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
It's nice to know I'm not alone in thinking this. Plus, this is punitive for no good reason, and likely at a detriment to all of us. Joe Klein raises the same point.
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