MSNBC's First Read reported last night that the Obama Administration is now saying that illegal immigrants will be specifically prevented from obtaining coverage under the president's health care proposal. The chage comes on the heels of Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-SC) "You lie!" outburst during Obama's health care address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. Although the president denied from the rostrum of the House chamber that illegals would be covered by the plan, the Administration thought it necessary to make changes to the existing proposal in order to clarify the issue.
But the bigger story the MSNBC missed with its focus on the Wilson flap is found in the second bullet point sent out by the White House last night. The Obama Administration inadvertently confirmed that the president's plan will begin a slow take over of the health care system by the federal government. How else could this be interpreted?
"Undocumented immigrants would be able to buy insurance in the non-exchange private market, just as they do today. That market will shrink as the exchange takes hold, but it will still exist and will be subject to reforms such as the bans on pre-existing conditions and caps."
In other words, as the federal exchange takes hold, plans not complying with the federal government's standards will start to disappear. Eventually, it won't make any sense for any company to offer health insurance as the federal requirements will make the business of providing health insurance far too expensive, and the premiums far too expensive for the insured.
The result will be that everyone will wind up with no other "choice" than the so-called public option, just as the Administration has planned all along. It took Wilson "calling out" the president's "misinformation" and "lies" to finally get the Administration to admit it.