On the Right, it's become a point to be made with t-shirts and placards at last weekend's March on Washington, where an estimated 1.7 million took to the streets in our nation's capitol protesting big government.
On the Left, Joe Wilson's outburst has become a rallying cry of 'racism,' as the Democrats and their allies try to deflect and obfuscate the truth. This has culminated this week with former President Jimmy Carter accusing those opposed to Barack Obama's policies of being racist.
The problem for the Left, however, is no matter how hard they might try, the fact is, Joe Wilson was right...sort of. And, the fact that Joe Wilson is even remotely right is something they would rather hide.
When Joe Wilson shouted out "You Lie" during the President's speech, it was in response to the President's assertion that the health care package he is pitching would not cover illegal aliens.
While Joe has been ridiculed as racist and rebuked by Congress, the fact is President Obama does plan to have his health care plan cover those people who are here in the United States illegally. And that is not something that is invented by the Right, it is something the President has said himself on Wednesday:
So, there you have it. President Obama's plan does exclude illegal aliens BUT, he wants illegal aliens to be legalized so they do get the benefits of nationalized health care.
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."
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