As President Obama goes around spinning and backpedaling on his healthcare plan(ideas), we get little glimpses of where he is really trying to take us. From the Washington Post,
President Obama said this week that his health care plan won't cover illegal immigrants, but argued that's all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage.
He also staked out a position that anyone in the country legally should be covered - a major break with the 1996 welfare reform bill, which limited most federal public assistance programs only to citizens and longtime immigrants.
"Even though I do not believe we can extend coverage to those who are here illegally, I also don't simply believe we can simply ignore the fact that our immigration system is broken," Mr. Obama said Wednesday evening in a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. "That's why I strongly support making sure folks who are here legally have access to affordable, quality health insurance under this plan, just like everybody else.
Mr. Obama added, "If anything, this debate underscores the necessity of passing comprehensive immigration reform and resolving the issue of 12 million undocumented people living and working in this country once and for all."
So, let me get this straight. First, we won't be providing free healthcare to illegals because we will make them legal first. Oh, that should make it okay.
Also, for the first time since welfare reform we are going to extend federal benefits to anyone who is in the country legally. Correct me if I'm wrong but weren't some of the 9/11 bombers here legally, at least for part of their stays in this country? I believe they were here on student visas and such. Maybe we should assess a Taliban tax so we make sure that we stay "deficit neutral".
OMG, we are spinning out of control. Who are these people?