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Why Does President Obama Want to Deny Health Care to Illegal Immigrants?

3:51 PM, Sep 10, 2009 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
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Rep. Joseph Wilson of South Carolina shouted 'You lie!' from the floor when President Obama told Congress that his health care 'reform' proposals would not insure illegal aliens. As it happens, it was Joseph Wilson, and not Barack Obama who spoke the truth in that exchange, and I leave it to others to sort out the etiquette of presidential harangues to joint sessions of Congress.

But what struck me was the substance of Obama's assertion: What sort of humane national health-insurance program would pointedly exclude illegal aliens? There is no national debate, so far as I know, about the fact that we offer free, competent, taxpayer-subsidized health care to convicted felons, pedophiles, rapists, and murderers of the cruelest variety--that is to say, to the millions of Americans currently in prison--but a Democratic president is eager to deny health care to people who live here peaceably, pay taxes, and make a vital contribution to the American economy? Barack Obama would subsidize health care for Charles Manson, but not the man who fills your potholes or the woman who scrubs your toilet.