The Obama Regime has surrendered and asked Congress to bar illegal aliens from receiving assistance under the health insurance reform legislation and verify enrollees. http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/09/11/2065287.aspx (h/t Ace of Spades HQ http://ace.mu.nu/) That certainly was quick and kudos to Fighting Joe Wilson.
However don't celebrate. This is at best a half victory. Note the weasel words in the MSNBC story: "Those who are lawfully present in this country would be able to participate."
I exposed this subtrefuge earlier on a post on the Dead Kennedy-Friend of Angelo Act: http://federaleagent86.blogspot.com/2009/06/its-out-health-care-reform-to-cover.html
Lawfully present covers alot of things: Tourists, business visitors, grandma staying six months to help watch the kids, non-immigrants on work visas, etc. It also includes that class of illegal aliens who are allowed to obtain benefits like food stamps because they have what is called "constructive legal presence" based on an application by a spouse, child or parent to adjust that illegal alien. These aliens cover millions. While not expecting many business men or tourists to avail themselves of free medical coverage, it will happen. Today we already have birth tourists, mainly from India and Korea who come to give birth in the U. S. for free and the reward of an American passport for their child.
Just throw in amnesty and you will literally have an unlimited number of aliens covered by Obama's welfare healthcare as every year millions of temporary visitors come to the U.S.
I thank Joe Wilson for calling out Obama as a liar, but more needs to be done to keep millions of aliens off the dole.
And of course this policy covers millions more of aliens admitted for legal permanent residence, aslyees, and refugees.