Incomplete section of bill causing some to question

By Philippe Djegal - email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - There is a lot of confusion out there in regard to President Obama's plan to reform the healthcare system. And, opponents of the plan say one of the main sticking points are that the bill is unclear as to whether or not illegal immigrants are eligible to opt into the "so called" public health insurance option.

Congressman Joe Wilson says he was out of line Tuesday when he shouted "you lie" during the president's speech on health care.

"I, of course, called the chief of staff of the president and I apologized that I spoke out," said Wilson.

President Obama was discussing whether or not immigrants would have access to a government funded health insurance plan if HR 3200 passed. The president said no.

"We have to get to the point where we can have a conversation about big important issues that matter to the American people without vitriol - without name calling," said President Obama.

However, whether or not it was his intention, the congressman's outburst is once again bringing illegal immigration to the fore-front.

"He was not stating the truth - but, I hesitate to say he's lying, because lying requires an intent to deceive and I'm not prepared to say he was intending to deceive," said Louie Gohmert.

As it currently stands, under section 246 of the bill titled "No Federal Payment for Undocumented Aliens," HR 3200 states that, "Nothing in this subtitle shall allow federal payment for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States."

But, critics say the term "lawfully present" is too vague, saying that there is no enforcement mechanism to prevent illegal immigrants from opting into the government run public option.

"As an immigration lawyer, I love it," said Natalie Fletcher. "Yes. Leave it that way. Thank you."

"Even if you put the line in there that says illegal aliens cannot have the benefit or participate or whatever, and you do not require proof of identification, there is no way to enforce that provision," explained Gohmert.

"I think they're obviously going to have to work on that," said Fletcher. "That's not a complete section."

It's an incomplete section causing congressmen to question the credibility of the highest office in the world.

House Republicans have proposed amendments to clarify enforcement mechanisms to prevent illegal aliens from gaining coverage. But, those amendments have so far failed in committee.

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