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Lost in much of the hubub about the “you lie” outburst of Rep. Joe Wilson during President Obama’s address to Congress last week was that the issue Wilson was losing his cool about, undocumented immigrants receiving health care, has long been settled, except in the irrational bunkers of the Right.

A recent New York Times editorial points out that the health care bills under consideration already say that undocumented immigrants are ineligible for subsidized benefits. The fear-mongers used to claim that it was too easy for immigrants to receive care under Medicaid too and insisted on new verification rules. Here’s what the editorial finds they accomplished

A House oversight committee reviewed six state Medicaid programs in 2007 and found that verification rules had cost the federal government an additional $8.3 million. They caught exactly eight illegal immigrants.

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  1. IBXer

    September 14, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    The current bill has no requirements that would require someone to prove citizenship. Two amendments have been proposed to put these requirements in place and both times the Democrats voted them down with a party line vote.

    This whole issue would vanish if Democrats would just put in a requirement to prove citizenship before you could become eligible for any benefits. Instead their political posturing is just going to keep this issue alive and ensure no reform is passed.

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