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Via Memeorandum, in an interview with Katie Couric yesterday, Obama had this in response to her question about Obamacare for illegals:
"First of all, I'd like to create a situation where we're dealing with illegal immigration, so that we don't have illegal immigrants," he said. "And we've got legal residents or citizens who are eligible for the plan. And I want a comprehensive immigration plan that creates a pathway to achieve that."
"The one exception that I think has to be discussed is how are we treating children," he continued. "Partly because if you've got children who may be here illegally but are still in playgrounds or at schools, and potentially are passing on illnesses and communicable diseases, that aren't getting vaccinated, that I think is a situation where you may have to make an exception."
This is a perfect example of why everyone needs to slow down and actually read the bill. Obama does not know what's in the bills currently under consideration. It's his job to know. Steney Hoyer was on Fox this morning saying "There's no rush! We've been talking about health care reform for decades!" But if nobody is clear on what is in the bill or what it all means, it's a rush. Slow down.
Obama told Couric that illegals shouldn't have Obamacare but maybe their children should. He needs to read Michelle Malkin's new column which explains exactly how illegals will be covered:
Nevada GOP Rep. Dean Heller’s measure would have enforced income, eligibility, and immigration verification screening on all Obamacare patients. Unlike most everything else stuffed into the House Democrats’ plan, the citizenship vetting process would not have required building a new bureaucracy. Rep. Heller proposed using existing state and federal databases created years ago to root out entitlement fraud.
The House bill may "explicity exclude" illegals, but there's not one thing in there to prevent their access to coverage or to even verify who is legal and who isn't. That's usually referred to as a loophole.
What comes after that would then be the "sudden realization" that we're covering all these illegals, about to end up like California on a national scale, and then you have to either re-do what you've already passed, write new laws, or just make the illegals legal.
Or is that part of the plan?
When Obama tells Couric, "I'd like to create a situation where we're dealing with illegal immigration, so that we don't have illegal immigrants..." it isn't hard to read between the lines.
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