“Even though I do not believe we can extend coverage to those who are here illegally, I also don’t simply believe we can simply ignore the fact that our immigration system is broken,” Mr. Obama said Wednesday evening in a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. “That’s why I strongly support making sure folks who are here legally have access to affordable, quality health insurance under this plan, just like everybody else.
Mr. Obama added, “If anything, this debate underscores the necessity of passing comprehensive immigration reform and resolving the issue of 12 million undocumented people living and working in this country once and for all.”
— President Barack Obama
Now, regular readers know I have long held the position that illegals who have lived and worked here peaceably for a certain amount of time should be “grandfathered” into the system; get ’em contributing to the tax revenues, say I. I also believe that our humanity cannot “not” extend medical treatment to people who are in need, because of their immigration status (or lack thereof). I also think the whole issue of illegals and medical care is a straw man in every politicians pocket because the truth is, if you’re poor and hurt or sick you will be seen in any emergency room in the nation, and treated. That is not comprehensive health care, of course, but it puts the lie to the images of suffering illegals with access to nothing, suffering in our streets.
I have also made myself blue in the face insisting that we need a complete overhaul of the NIS and at our borders 21st Century versions of Ellis Island. And frankly, if President Obama -who seems to want to tackle every issue in the nation, simultaneously without doing anything to increase the job-base, so we can have revenue to pay for it all- could manage a sensible immigration reform, I’d support it.
I suspect his ideas of what is “sensible” and mine are very different, but I’d listen.
But that’s not what this post is about, and I’m still working against a deadline so I can’t get into much tussling over it.
I just wanted to point out that the GOP has apparently decided that Joe Wilson was wrong, and that President Obama could not have been “lying” when he said Obamacare would not cover illegals, because -if this report is to believed- the GOP believes Obama will use healthcare as the back door to legalizing everyone.
So, delicious twist of irony. President Obama, who -we have been told over and over again- has this “gift” of seeming to agree with everyone- brings us to a whole new place in history: the place where lies are not lies, they’re just visionary perspectives that evolve from speech to speech, but there is no actual lying. No one lies, anymore. Unless the president says they do.
We are in such terrible trouble. Can’t someone get this ADHD-president, who wants to do everything all at once, to take a little Ritalin and focus, focus, focus on JOB CREATION?
Or would that run counter to getting enrolled into the (not really dead) public option?
Don’t miss: Ed Morrissey
Charles Krauthammer has more on this whole issue of telling lies
Okay, I have to get back to not writing my stuff that I’m supposed to write.