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"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." (George Orwell)
Is this what Congressman Joe Wilson did last night during President Obama's address to the Joint Session of Congress when he called out, "You Lie"?
Wilson has been excoriated in the media for his "incivility". Even conservative writers such as John Podhoretz, National Review, think Wilson's "conduct" deserves censure. Of course, several GOP politicians could not wait to criticize him for boorish behavior unbefitting the Chamber. In fact, Wilson has reported that the GOP leadership called him last night and asked him to call the White House and apologize! Rush Limbaugh points out that during his speech, Obama called Sarah Palin and Rush liars, but don't expect the establishment GOP to ask him to apologize.
Where is the outrage about the incivility of the President's speech demeaning those who oppose his Healthcare takeover. Where is the outrage about the falsehoods he did, in fact, tell on the floor of the Chamber?
Congressman Wilson's outburst came when Obama said that it was a myth that the Healthcare benefits would serve illegal aliens. Obama was in fact lying.
Here is just some of the evidence:
The Bipartisan Congressional Research Service, which provides research reports to Congress, has recently subimitted a report which states: "Under H.R. 3200, a 'Health Insurance Exchange' would begin operation in 2013 and would offer private plans alongside a public option…H.R. 3200 does not contain any restrictions on noncitzens—whether legally or illegally present, or in the United States temporarily or permanently—participating in the Exchange."
While Section 246 of HR3200 states that "Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States," there is zero language about the mechanism for verification.
The Congressional Research Service goes on to say, "Some have expressed concerns that since H.R. 3200 does not contain a mechanism to verify immigration status, the prohibitions on certain noncitizens (e.g, nonimmigrants and unauthorized aliens) receiving the credits may not be enforced. However, others note that under §142(a)(3) of the bill, it is the responsibility of the Health Choices Commissioner (Commissioner) to administer the "individual affordability credits under subtitle C of title II, including determination of eligibility for such credits."
A local congressional office told us that this is basically the same way verification for Medicaid is done...that it stipulates that the Commissioner will set up the verification mechanism. Some simple research, however, shows that Medicaid has had, since 1986, a verification requirement in place to ensure that ineligible persons do not obtain benefits. The verification system used to determine eligibility under Medicaid and prevent illegal aliens from getting these benefits is the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) system.
The use of SAVE in Medicaid does not appear to have been left to the individual judgment and politics of an appointed official but, rather, was legislated by Congress as follows:
Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), P.L. 99-603, which required the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (now Department of Homeland Security (DHS), effective March 1, 2003) to establish a system for verifying the immigration status of non-citizen applicants for, and recipients of, certain types of federally funded benefits, and to make the system available to Federal, state, and local benefit issuing agencies and institutions that administer such benefits.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the DHS agency responsible for administering the SAVE Program. The IRCA, as amended, mandates the following programs and overseeing agencies to participate in the verification of an applicant’s immigration status: the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program, the Medicaid Program, and certain Territorial Assistance Programs (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services); the Unemployment Compensation Program (U.S. Department of Labor); Title IV Educational Assistance Programs (U.S. Department of Education); and certain Housing Assistance Programs (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).
If the majority in the House of Representatives wanted to actually keep illegal aliens from getting benefits, the Democratic-controlled House Ways and Means Committee would not have voted 26-15 -- on a straight party line -- to kill an amendment offered by Nevada Rep. Dean Heller that would have prevented illegals from receiving government subsidized health care under any reform proposal.
Maybe what Congressman Joe Wilson did last night was an act of courage. "Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence." (H.F. Amiel, 1821-1881, philosopher).
Call or email Congressman Joe Wilson's office and thank him for speaking out on behalf of Truth last night. The switchboard number is here: (202) 224-3121. His direct line is (202) 225-2452.
Then call the White House at 202-456-1111 to ask them if Obama is going to apologize for calling Sarah Palin and "conservative talk radio hosts" liars. Ask them if the Democratic leadership is going to make Nancy Pelosi apologize for calling town hall protestors and tea partiers "nazi's." Ask them if Obama is going to apologize for the words ("Republicans are a**holes") of his personal pick for "Green Jobs Czar," Van Jones. Ask when Obama is going to apologize to Officer Crowley for calling him stupid. Ask them if the ban on "vitriol" (Obama despises all the "vitriol") only applies to Republicans or if his Democrats are supposed to follow these same niceties.
Then call the GOP leadership at 202.863.8500 and tell them you are ashamed that they would force Joe Wilson to bow down and apologize. Ask them if they forced the Democrats to apologize when they booed President Bush during some of his joint session addresses and a State of the Union speech.