Rep Joe Wilson was flogged before the House of Representatives for having the bad manners to say that Obama was lying when he said that illegals would not be covered under the health care reform. Since then the question of whether illegals will be covered has turned into an updated version of "it depends of what the definition 'is' is".
Yet more proof that illegals, while maybe technically not being covered by health care, will have access neverless.
Senators turn back ID requirement for immigrant healthcare
Senate Finance Committee Democrats rejected a proposed a requirement that immigrants prove their identity with photo identification when signing up for federal healthcare programs.
Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said that current law and the healthcare bill under consideration are too lax and leave the door open to illegal immigrants defrauding the government using false or stolen identities to obtain benefits.
Grassley's amendment was beaten back 10-13 on a party-line vote.
The bill, authored by committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), would require applicants to verify their names, places of birth and Social Security numbers. In addition, legal immigrants would have to wait five years, as under current law, after obtaining citizenship or legal residency to access federal healthcare benefits such as Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program or receive tax credits or purchase insurance through the exchange created by the legislation.
But the would not require them to show a photo ID, such as a drivers license. Without that requirement, the bill "remains dearly lacking when it comes to identification," Grassley said. "Frankly, I'm very perplexed as to why anyone would oppose this amendment," he said.
But Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman, who represents the border state of New Mexico, said that the type of fraud Grassley said he wants to prevent is highly uncommon. "The way I see the amendment, it's a solution without a problem," Bingaman said.
You wonder if these people really are serious when they say garbage like this. It is "highly uncommon" for illegals to commit fraud? Stunning.
Further, I wonder how Rep Bingaman's fellow citizens of New Mexico feel about this whole "illegals don't commit fraud" theory?
Just happy that these are the guys who are entrusted to ruin, I mean run, our health care.